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MmmCarbs wrote:That looks really yummy. So I guess you could make hash browns with a food processor too, huh? I don't have one so I always buy the frozen shoestring potatoes.
The HR department at work started a walking challenge to walk 150 miles in 50 days. You got a free pedometer when you joined and everyone who completes the challenge gets entered in a drawing to win a trip to New Orleans.
As part of my New Year's resolution I resolved to walk at least 30 minutes a day - every day - to combat the seasonal affected disorder I get every winter.
Well, once I started wearing a pedometer every day I found out that that 30 minutes walk, coupled with the paltry walking I do at work between my desk and lab, amounted to barely 6,000 steps - about 3 miles.
So new resolution. 10,000 steps a day minimum. The last few days I've been getting the count above 12,000 - although I now have a blister on my little toe to show for it. I'm going to the mall tonight and see if I can find a pair of Sketchers that can be worn with a dress or suit - walking in my work shoes isn't going to cut it in the long run.
It's amazing how such a little thing as clipping on a pedometer when I get up can make such a big change in motivation. I'm thinking of getting one of those mile trackers to add below my signature and seeing if I can walk 1000 miles this year.
carrotlvr wrote:Kate, the dress is darling! I'm sure you will look great in it this summer.
Have you tried freezing the leftover casserole ? I would make this for my family, but chances are they wouldn't eat much of it, then I would be eating it for a week. It looks really yummy.
I am making a commitment to wear my pedometer EVERY day and walk a MINIMUM of 3 miles. While these are modest goals, they are doable. If I do more - hooray. But I WILL meet this goal by Dec. 31.
The first night I had the casserole straight. Last night I heated some corn tortillas and used it for a filling, tonight I layered it in a bowl with Mexican corn and broccoli on the bottom, chili pie in the middle, and chunky salsa on top. Tomorrow I'm going to use it as a filling for stuffed peppers. It's all good and by Sunday it will be gone and I'll b
Yes, it freezes great. When I make it, I try to make a double recipe and freeze half. Usually, I freeze the first two layers and add frozen hash browns to the top when I'm ready to cook it. (p.s. I use a thick veggie chili rather than just beans for the first layer, but I don't think that changes its "freezability.")
carrotlvr wrote:I have tried wearing a pedometer and it either is uncomfortable around my waist or it doesn't track properly. Do you have a favorite brand?
Sometimes, there is also another issue that comes into play in these situations, which I have seen often...
.. as someone loses weight and gets closer to their recommended weight, the weight loss becomes more difficult because the "margin of error" in the "energy balance" equation becomes much more narrow.
For instance, if someone is around 300 lbs, they are burning about 3000 calories a day, even if they just lay in bed all day. Most any attempt to eat healthier will result in a lowered calorie density, lower caloric intake, and weight loss. So, lets say, they are consuming around 1800 on their best day and 2300 on their worst day. Either one would result in weight loss. Even if they were not very compliant and adherent and had a few more indulgences than ideal, and took in 2500 to 2700 calories, they would still lose weight. It would be hard not to. They have the capacity for a large margin of error in their calories and food intake and could still lose weight. So, even though it is not what is recommended, if it is what they are "hearing," they could actually be eating all the wanted whenever they wanted and still be losing weight.
But, time has passed and they know weigh 200 and burn about 2000 calories a day, not counting any activity. If they are consuming the same foods, the days of 1800 calorie intakes would result in some much slower weight loss, but all the other days that are 2000 to 2300, and even the 2500 to 2700 wouldn't. [They might even see some weight gain]
So, they would now have to make adjustments to the calorie density of the diet to lower the overall calorie density of their intake and to also look at whether they are really understanding the concepts of MWL and Calorie Density correctly.
This would be the same principle if someone successfully went from 215 to 165 and now was having a harder time trying to get below 160.
The margin of error has become very narrow know and it is important to really understand the principles and to be much more compliant and adherent to them.
This is why the last 5-10 lbs are always the most difficult.
There is literally, no more wiggle room
Of course, this is where sometimes people go elsewhere, thinking the program has failed, and as explained in the earlier thread, they may find some new tricks to use, that, in the end, will work only if they end up in helping them to eat less calories. There is no magic.
They could have also just done a very honest and thorough appraisal of the guidelines and principles of the MWL program and calorie density and their understanding and adherence to them.
Then, make the recommended adjustments as needed.
Remember, the program always works because it is based on sound science and the laws of physics.
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