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Thread: Who's Doing Final Round Starting Late Sept or Early Oct 2011?

  1. #181
    Well, I am here, but not a happy camper at the moment. I have skipped lunch for 2 days and had dinner out on Friday and I am up a lot today considering all that 157 (which is way up from 151 LDW, though I had almost accepted that 155 was going to be the number I could live with). I hadn't seen LDW range in a while, since Week 1, so that isn't the deal really. I had been hovering in 155's all week after last weekend and too much flax I thought. Not sure if I am eating too little or too much. I had Olive Garden steak and veggies only on Friday night after a annoyingly stressful day and being too lazy to cook. I had a late breakfast and early dinner yesterday and a late breakfast today and I was still up on the scale today. I had my BAB this morning. Not sure what to do the rest of the today. Maybe fish for dinner tonight. I am not sure what the deal is. Going to drink my water today for sure. So guess I will try to clean house today and craft with the kiddos. Thinking of making some Christmas cards and ornaments maybe.

    DH is up too, but he ate out twice on Friday and the same as me yesterday but is back down some today where as I am up. It might just be the second day gain for me, and since he gained more yesterday but is starting to drop again today. It just doesn't make a lot of sense, but maybe it is normal.

    And then I am stressing seriously over money I don't have to get by till payday. I am sitting around this morning pushing all the numbers around to see how I can stretch things around a little more. It is my least favorite time when it comes to money. Trying to plan for Christmas really stresses me out. I have all the $$ planning in my house... so I can either make it or break it if I don't plan it all right. Trying to be sure I can cover everything and nothing too unexpected comes out of nowhere! Anyway, I will quit whining and get to work. Got to accomplish something today.
    TangledMKB
    "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

    R1P1-3.5 gained loading - 178.7 -> 182.2
    R1P2-LDW-20.6 lost - 161.6
    R2P1-8.6 loading - 167 -> 176.5
    R2P2-LDW-21.5 lost - 155
    R3P1-6.1 loading - 166.4 -> 172.5
    R3P2-LDW-21.2 lost - 151.1
    R4P1-4.9 loading - 163.7 -> 168.6
    R4P2-2/12=15.6 lost - 153 - 2/27

  2. #182
    Aw Tangle, I'm sorry things are difficult right now. I imagine the stress is partly to blame for the numbers on the scale. I am the money manager in my house, too, so all of the bills, groceries, gas, savings, and extras are on my shoulders. Hubby is a spender, so he tends to make it even more difficult. A few years ago I started having some money auto-deducted from each of his paychecks into a Christmas savings account. It makes the holidays so much easier when you're not stressed over money.

    My kids like to make gingerbread ornaments and they make the house smell ahhhmazing! I admit I like it too, it's fun. I'd love to pick your brain on some of your crafty ideas and try them with my kids.

    After my crazy stressed-out week I am finally back down three pounds. Still four pounds over LDW, but better than seven! BAB today, a few bites of pork chop fat my kids left on their lunch plates, and I have a pork butt in the oven that is going to be pulled pork for dinner. Lots and lots of water, hoping to be down a bit more tomorrow.

    Laura I do love Zumba. I have never liked to dance; I have no rhythm and always felt like a fool when I tried. Something about the Zumba, though...I think part of it is that there is someone telling me exactly how to move my body and helping me get it right. And you gotta love those exercise endorphins! I came home all wound up yesterday and DH said Zumba ought to be how I start every day haha.

  3. #183
    Candace, here is what we tried today, but I must admit I wasn't in the right mood for it really. I foget how much I don't like to get my hands dirty. My mother would have done better at this than me... I have no clue to how to properly flour and roll any dough. http://www.bhg.com/christmas/ornamen...8048693#page=3

    But the real place to find all the ideas I have fallen in love of late, is Pinterest.com! Log in and you will find more ideas than you can ever do! From cooking, crafting, sewing and DIY stuff. It is heaven on earth. I have almost traded it for FB. When I am hungry and can't eat I even just look at recipes for fun! Cause there is a picture of everything!!!!! That is the point really. It is a visual pin board of everything you ever wanted to find on Google! Then you can organize it and find it all again later!

    As for me, I sit here tonight really wanting something toasted and buttered. For no real reason, cause I am not that hungry, I just want it. I generally get that way about Week 3 of P3. So this isn't anything new. It is just a matter of making it through the night without something. It is easier now that I don't keep bread in the house really. Lucky for me, my kids never took to sandwiches, only tortillas and chips. And though I love those items still too, they don't call to me as much.

    Guess I will go fix some dinner. Though it hasn't been 4-5 hrs since my snack I am calling lunch, but such is life. Shrimp something... though sadly as much as I like shrimp, I don't feel like making anything. Wishing again to have a self cooking and cleaning kitchen. Then someone has to go to the store still tonight... cause we are out of eggs and everything else protein related... hence my need to find $ magically in my budget till Friday. Talk about being in a mood! I will spare you guys the rest! Hoping for a brighter day tomorrow!
    TangledMKB
    "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

    R1P1-3.5 gained loading - 178.7 -> 182.2
    R1P2-LDW-20.6 lost - 161.6
    R2P1-8.6 loading - 167 -> 176.5
    R2P2-LDW-21.5 lost - 155
    R3P1-6.1 loading - 166.4 -> 172.5
    R3P2-LDW-21.2 lost - 151.1
    R4P1-4.9 loading - 163.7 -> 168.6
    R4P2-2/12=15.6 lost - 153 - 2/27

  4. #184
    Thanks for the tip, Tangle...I sat and eyeballed flourless recipes for about 45 minutes last night. Geez, where did the time go? I looked at some Christmas crafts, too, and now I'm antsy to get started. And hey if you ever get a craving for chips, I looove these: http://blog.yourlighterside.com/2011...rb-cheese.html. There are a ton of amazing recipes on that site, and most of them are pretty simple. Have you ever made flax bread? I like to toast it and shmear it with peanut butter. I don't really miss regular bread, I have found alternative recipes for pretty much everything.


    So after my giddiness at losing those three pounds, I am back up two of them today. I just can't stay off the stupid scale. After almost breaking into tears I checked out my food log and realized that I eat a LOT of pork. I like it, and big chunks are not super expensive and can be several meals. Most mornings I will have sausage patties, eggs, and a flax muffin for breakfast and that doesn't cause a problem, it's when I eat pork for every meal that I gain. Wonder why?Yesterday I had sausage, eggs, and flax pancakes for breakfast, a few bites of pork chop in the afternoon, and pulled pork and veggies for dinner. I buy it all natural, no hormones or additives, I season it myself. I have eaten beef for every meal with no problem. I thought maybe it was the flax, but I include that with almost every breakfast and have had excellent losses the next day as long as dinner wasn't pork. TOM has still not arrived, even though I'm crampy and bloated. I can actually see the difference in my stomach. This is getting ridiculous. I packed up the rest of my pulled pork in hubby's lunch box this morning, guess I'll lay off the piggy for awhile.

    On a brighter note, I colored my hair and found a super sale on my favorite jeans that I had a 30% off plus free shipping coupon for.

    Have a great day, ladies! Tangle I hope things are looking up for you today!

  5. #185
    Candace, thanks for the website. I have tried flax bread at times, but I gain like crazy with flax it seems (or at least retain a lot). And I just bought a ton of pork for breakfasts at least and brought some for lunch today - ohwell. Maybe I need to go back to just steak. I even tried just having a few tbsp of almond flour this weekend and that didn't work either. So guess I am stuck without baked goods a while still. I was up again this morning, but that is normal Monday morning vs Sunday morning cause there is 2-3 hrs difference in my weigh in time. So I start the week at 157.4... GRRR! I wasn't in love with being 155 when I gotten to 151, but I would be happy with it now. Gotta love how our priorities change when pushed.

    DH is back down to LDW... it is just me that can't seem to lose anything really. I am trying to decide if I need to do a traditional steak day or FFF day with fasting till lunch tomorrow maybe. I have been doing the LP meal times for 2 solid weeks and though I can feel the difference in my hunger through out the day and my warmth levels (I think-hard to tell if it is the building and weather changes though), I am not feeling much is being accomplished just yet. DH is still wanting to snack, and since he stays pretty stable really, I am running out of reasons to stop him. Course I know I am only 2 weeks down and it can take 5-8 weeks... it is just getting harder I guess. Time to put my foot down and grit my teeth and get on with it. It isn't that hard after P2 anyway. I don't really know what I am whining about.

    Ok, back to work and time to get off my whining box! LOL! I will get better. I will check out the link you sent Candace! My problem with all the baking recipes I find is that want agave or honey and I don't know how to properly substitute for that. Or do you guys think if a whole recipe only calls for a tablespoon or two that it is ok? I pressume it isn't.. but what do I know.

    Thanks for listening!!!
    TangledMKB
    "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

    R1P1-3.5 gained loading - 178.7 -> 182.2
    R1P2-LDW-20.6 lost - 161.6
    R2P1-8.6 loading - 167 -> 176.5
    R2P2-LDW-21.5 lost - 155
    R3P1-6.1 loading - 166.4 -> 172.5
    R3P2-LDW-21.2 lost - 151.1
    R4P1-4.9 loading - 163.7 -> 168.6
    R4P2-2/12=15.6 lost - 153 - 2/27

  6. #186
    Still gaining at an alarming rate. Up another pound today! Skipped breakfast for the first time since starting LP and P3 and had a lot of plain applesauce for lunch and will have big apple cooked for dinner. I wasn't even starving at lunch. So guess I was over doing something. So starting back at the beginning I guess. P2 Foods only... more than P2 allows of course, but no pork, dairy of any sort or nuts. Just P2 and CO. But not even going to touch CO today. Not sure what to do about eggs. And of course lots of water and tea. Though during the week, I get plenty of water each day really. So hoping it is stress, but thing is that gaining is stressing me.. so that is going to be a killer cycle for sure. Going to have a smooth move tea tonight too, just to cover all the bases.

    Need to decide about eggs though before breakfast tomorrow. I have some chicken or hamburger that I could have in the morning I guess. Thoughts?
    TangledMKB
    "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

    R1P1-3.5 gained loading - 178.7 -> 182.2
    R1P2-LDW-20.6 lost - 161.6
    R2P1-8.6 loading - 167 -> 176.5
    R2P2-LDW-21.5 lost - 155
    R3P1-6.1 loading - 166.4 -> 172.5
    R3P2-LDW-21.2 lost - 151.1
    R4P1-4.9 loading - 163.7 -> 168.6
    R4P2-2/12=15.6 lost - 153 - 2/27

  7. #187
    BAB yesterday was sausage and eggs, then beef and chicken and about five tablespoons of CO incorporated in coffee and chocolate, and I'm down a pound today. I will definitely be keeping my pork to once a day from now on. Other than steak, pork is the only meat I can eat for breakfast. Chicken is not breakfast food, and I refuse to cough up the moolah to eat steak for breakfast every day. This morning I made pancakes with hubby's casein protein powder, and they were pretty good. I picked up some coconut flour today, I'm excited to try some baking with it. I substitute Splenda for everything. I don't need beat with the 'artificial sweeteners will kill you' stick, either. It's cheap and it's better than snarfing down regular sugar. I read an article somewhere that agave is actually worse for you than corn syrup. Can't remember the science behind it, though.

  8. #188
    I could totally eat burger for breakfast, I love beef. Have you tried any correction days? Maybe do a FFF followed by a steak or protein day (I always use about 25oz of 80/20 burger) and stay off the scale those days?

  9. #189
    I tried the FFF day last week.. but with LR timing (meaning still had 50 protien for breakfast and then 2 small servings the rest of the day) and it didn't really work, lost less than 1 lb. Guess if I am not down something decent tomorrow, I will try FFF the normal way. I lost really well that way before, but not sure if I am still good with the yogurt this P3 or not since last FFF day wasn't overly successful. I don't have time for Steak day tomorrow really (have to rush a lot after work tomorrow night) or the money. I would already have to get more FFF and strawberries for tomorrow if need be. Just not sure if I am messing with the LR stuff by skipping breakfast to do correction days or just by having the yogurt really, since dairy isn't really an approved LR item.

    Do you think I should have some of the hamburger tonight, DH grilled a bunch of 8 oz patties last night? I wasn't planning on any meat today... just to see. But I know "Apple" day is really a stall break thing from P2, not a real correction plan, but it was something I had that was going to be easy. Like I said, I think the stress of gaining is adding to the general stress and just compounding everything! I need to get out of my head... but easier said than done. Thanks!
    TangledMKB
    "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

    R1P1-3.5 gained loading - 178.7 -> 182.2
    R1P2-LDW-20.6 lost - 161.6
    R2P1-8.6 loading - 167 -> 176.5
    R2P2-LDW-21.5 lost - 155
    R3P1-6.1 loading - 166.4 -> 172.5
    R3P2-LDW-21.2 lost - 151.1
    R4P1-4.9 loading - 163.7 -> 168.6
    R4P2-2/12=15.6 lost - 153 - 2/27

  10. #190
    I would definitely eat the burger over more apples. I stopped eating fruit pretty much altogether after reading about how fructose turns to fat quicker and easier than any other sugar, and can cause insulin resistance. I thought you weren't supposed to eat fruit during the Leptin Reset? I always lose really well with the FFF, too. I love it. The last two times I have been in the only market around here that carries full fat Greek yogurt, they were out. Bummer.

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    Hi ladies. I'm still about 3 lbs above LDW and OK with that. Seems the more I eat--if it's clean--the better I fare. Tangle, I suggest sticking to beef for your correction days. I'd lay off all the dairy for a couple days...eat lots of beef, get an apple in each day, lots of veggie fiber. I don't know, but the LR didn't seem to be working for me, and I'm stabilizing better just listening to my hunger and eating when I feel like it (Primal Blueprint guidelines). Maybe you and I tried the LR too soon in P3?

    Candace, I'm surprised the pork has anything to do with you gaining 2 lbs. ??? I've been up and down, too. Have decided to weigh every few days instead of every day. I can totally tell by my clothes in the morning whether or not I've gained or lost! Getting spooky, this level of self-awareness.

    Those New York strips with mushrooms sauteed in butter have been amazing for me, both in taste, satisfaction and weight maintenance.

    Thanks for the links, above, both of you. Checking them out...
    Laura

  12. #192
    I'm assuming it's the pork, it's the only thing I noticed as different on the days I gained. I also do better when I eat more, the scale isn't nice to me when I skimp on my food. I don't follow the Leptin Reset, but I do notice that if I eat a huge breakfast I am (usually) less hungry until dinner and snacking isn't really an issue. I have not been buying cheese or nuts though, because I can't stay out of them. I think I'm going to hide my scale, the thing does nothing but stress me out. I figure if I'm eating clean then I shouldn't really have anything to worry about. I told myself I wasn't going to weigh over the weekend, but of course I did. I need to get the thing up and out of sight.

    Congrats on your maintenance, that's awesome. Could you maybe give me an example of a day's menu? I like to see what others are eating when it's working for them.

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