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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby melic » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:05 pm

Hi,

I'm starting lite n easy on Thursday. I've never done it before but am excited to start, the delivery should be tomorrow. I have chosen the 1200 cal program to take the effort out of meal planning. How many others have done it and how did their weight loss go?

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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby ganymede » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:11 pm

Hey Amelia,

I have done it once before and I did the 1500 calorie plan. I found it really good! The food is amazing, the variety makes every day exciting when I check my menu :lol: You may need a couple of weeks to experiment with what you "like" ie, the lunch and breakfast options. I usually always stuck with the toast and cereal or yoghurt options as the bacon is microwaveable and I can't remember if the eggs were or not, I think they were. You may find them delicious but I've always been a bit weird with my meat and eggs.

The dinners are the best part and the snacks I think. So much variety and they are truly so yummy, I was really surprised at how fresh and tasty everything was. As with everything, sometimes there were a few meals (mainly lunches I found) which I was a bit :? about but it's a bit of trial and error the first week or two but don't be disheartened. It's quick, easy, exciting and you lose weight!!! Sometimes I would also save up my snacks for night if I was going out or going to be up late to avoid unwanted snacking, it really helped!

Good luck with your first week, I will be starting mine next Wednesday as I missed the cut off for this week.
- Shelley

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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby Blitz » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:24 pm

The good things about plans like these is they teach you a number of useful things:

    What a proper portioned meal looks like.
    What healthy food looks like.
    That meals that are limited in calories can be exciting in taste.

The disadvantage is that sooner or later you have to step into the real world and eat the real world food. You have to take ownership of your food choices. If you want to explore this world, this web site has a number of tasty healthy recipes that can help you on your way. :D

Kim
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby ganymede » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:07 am

Blitz wrote:The good things about plans like these is they teach you a number of useful things:

    What a proper portioned meal looks like.
    What healthy food looks like.
    That meals that are limited in calories can be exciting in taste.

The disadvantage is that sooner or later you have to step into the real world and eat the real world food. You have to take ownership of your food choices. If you want to explore this world, this web site has a number of tasty healthy recipes that can help you on your way. :D

Kim


Completely agree, Kim. Even now I struggle with real world eating and especially at the moment when my focus is so divided (but when I do get into a good routine, my food choices can be effortless because I know what to eat and when and what portions are good). This just "lessens the load" of stress while I try and get myself sorted whilst losing weight at the same time :wink: I can feel myself falling and I don't want to do that again so some preventative measures are needed. Not forever but a good way to eat well and lose weight without the added stress of preparing meals, deciding what to eat without going over calories or missing some exercise days due to solicitor appointments and crunching figures.

I tell you, I can't wait to be free of this! I'm exhausted!
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby melic » Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:45 pm

On day 2 of lite n easy and so far things seem to be going well, the food is pretty good so far but I'm not sure I've chosen the right plan for me. I feel quite hungry today and ended up eating both my lunch and afternoon tea all together and still feeling a little hungry. I can't wait till dinner! I'm drinking plenty of water but I think breastfeeding is using more calories than I thought.

Ideas? Add an 100-200 cal snack, or up calorie plan? I think the plan is a little/lot low on calcium and iron for my nutritional requirements so maybe I should just add a high calcium or iron snack. Any ideas?
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby ganymede » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:11 pm

Hi Melic, I would consider the 1500 cal plan. I still found I lost on average a kg a week with 5 days of moderate walking for 30 mins and I was never hungry. I didn't think I could do the 1200 cal long term.
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby Blitz » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:47 pm

My suggestion is wait a bit and let your stomach get use to the idea that it's on half rations!

Hunger is a sign that the body understands that it needs more. If it doesn't get it from your mouth it will be forced to look elsewhere (ie those fat stores that it has been selfishly hoarding!).

Most hunger pangs will settle after a while - especially stomachs that need to learn that going without food for an hour or so doesn't mean it is being starved! Trust me you won't die of starvation. :shock: :lol:

After a few days, if you still can't cope - then up the plan. Don't try to supplement their plan...it is balanced and worked out by experts already...you may just end up messing the big picture.

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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby JP1 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:36 am

Starting Weight: 99.3 Kgs
Goal Weight: 89.9 Kgs
Current Weight: 97.3 Kgs
Loss this week: 1.4 Kgs
Loss this challenge: 2 Kgs

01/04: 99.3 Kgs
04/04: 98.7 Kgs
11/04: 97.3 Kgs
18/04:
25/04:
02/05:
09/05:
16/05:
23/05:
30/05:
06/06:
13/06:
20/06:
27/06:
01/07:
Highs : 107 Kg (24 Sept 2007) : 113.5 Kg (12 Jan 2014) : 107 Kg (3 May 2019)
Current :105 Kg (17 May 2019)
Lows : 78.4 Kg (20 May 2008) : 87.4 Kg (on 16 Dec in both 2009 & 2010) : 82.9 Kg (14 Apr 2011) : 87.1 Kg (4 Jul 2011) : 90.5 Kg (14 Jul 2014) : 99.2 Kg (31 May 2016) : 104.7 Kg (10 May 2019)
Target : 90 Kg by 9 Aug 2019
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby melic » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:11 am

Excellent loss JP

I rang lite n easy, and the advisor I got suggested adding a low calorie yogurt once a day.

I've also restarted taking my iron supplements.

It's definitely not individually nutritionally balanced for women, there is not enough iron or calcium for young-middle aged women, let alone pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Minimum requirements for breastfeeding women is apparently 1700. I can't see myself losing any weight at that though, so I'm going to stick with 1200 + 85 cal yogurt for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. If I am still getting the hungry signals all the time I'll up the plan one notch.
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby JP1 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:30 am

Thanks Melic and good luck on the Lite N Easy plan.. Do they supply all the food? Even the low cal yoghurts and stuff..
Highs : 107 Kg (24 Sept 2007) : 113.5 Kg (12 Jan 2014) : 107 Kg (3 May 2019)
Current :105 Kg (17 May 2019)
Lows : 78.4 Kg (20 May 2008) : 87.4 Kg (on 16 Dec in both 2009 & 2010) : 82.9 Kg (14 Apr 2011) : 87.1 Kg (4 Jul 2011) : 90.5 Kg (14 Jul 2014) : 99.2 Kg (31 May 2016) : 104.7 Kg (10 May 2019)
Target : 90 Kg by 9 Aug 2019
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby DD Diva » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:02 am

melic wrote:Excellent loss JP

I rang lite n easy, and the advisor I got suggested adding a low calorie yogurt once a day.

I've also restarted taking my iron supplements.

It's definitely not individually nutritionally balanced for women, there is not enough iron or calcium for young-middle aged women, let alone pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Minimum requirements for breastfeeding women is apparently 1700. I can't see myself losing any weight at that though, so I'm going to stick with 1200 + 85 cal yogurt for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. If I am still getting the hungry signals all the time I'll up the plan one notch.

As a breastfeeding mother you should not be having less than 1500 calories a day, it's not good for either yourself or your baby to be starving your body at a time when it needs the extra nutrition.

The reason you're feeling so hungry is because baby is stripping you of many of those calories consumed, so when you take that into account you aren't doing either of you any favours. :oops:

Breastfeeding actually helps to keep your weight under control, and if you do it right (eat enough to nourish both your baby and your body) you will lose weight anyway.

Don't starve yourself, it's not good for you and you may end up making yourself ill. :(
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby Blitz » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:21 pm

Melic...Did you tell them of the pregnancy? I'm sure they would have strongly recommended a higher meal plan.

Eat the higher calories and exercise smartly and you will be alright. Although the idea of "eating for two" is a myth and should be avoided, it is also true that you should eat well for a good well being of the two. Walking can be done for most of your pregnancy and swimming is very very good exercise specially in the later stages when the back is starting to give out! :D

JP...great to see that seven in that second column - terrific work as always! Wear it with pride...then make it lower! 1.4kg is an excellent result! 8)

Kim
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby JP1 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:50 am

Blitz wrote:JP...great to see that seven in that second column - terrific work as always! Wear it with pride...then make it lower! 1.4kg is an excellent result! 8)

Check out my sig this morning ;)
Highs : 107 Kg (24 Sept 2007) : 113.5 Kg (12 Jan 2014) : 107 Kg (3 May 2019)
Current :105 Kg (17 May 2019)
Lows : 78.4 Kg (20 May 2008) : 87.4 Kg (on 16 Dec in both 2009 & 2010) : 82.9 Kg (14 Apr 2011) : 87.1 Kg (4 Jul 2011) : 90.5 Kg (14 Jul 2014) : 99.2 Kg (31 May 2016) : 104.7 Kg (10 May 2019)
Target : 90 Kg by 9 Aug 2019
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby DD Diva » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:23 am

Blitz wrote: the idea of "eating for two" is a myth and should be avoided

Hey Melic,
After reading Blitz's comment here, I had to post, I agree wholeheartedly that "eating for two" is a myth and should definitely be avoided even during breastfeeding. You do need to eat well, a perhaps a couple of hundred more than normal calories but certainly not twice the amount! I hope my previous post didn't give that impression. :oops:
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Re: 3 Month Challenge : Apr 1 - Jun 30

Postby DD Diva » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:24 am

JP1 wrote:
Blitz wrote:JP...great to see that seven in that second column - terrific work as always! Wear it with pride...then make it lower! 1.4kg is an excellent result! 8)

Check out my sig this morning ;)
JP you're a legend!!! Well done; keep up the great work! :wink:
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