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HELP! Don't wanna whine but ... goodness I'm hungry!!!

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Hello Everyone! I am starting my weight loss journey again after years of ups and downs with WW, Atkins, and various other diets. I am now trying WW again because although Atkins allowed me to lose weight, it required me to cut out a whole food group, which was difficult to maintain over the long haul. So...here I am after it all, weighing 197 pounds and needing to weigh 150 or so. Good grief!

Anyway, I went to my first meeting on Thursday night, started on Friday and have been perpetually hungry ever since!!!! My points are down to 10 for the rest of today and I'm famished! Please help! I want to do this so bad but I've already thought to myself in less than two days that maybe I'm not so fat after all and shouldn't put myself through this again. I want to succeed as I have a 12 year old daughter who is obese and I'm trying to help set a proper example for her (she doesn't want to do WW but did agree to go to the meeting with me and has been watching what I eat like a hawk for the past two days). If you have any words of wisdom, please share and thanks so much for being here. I feel better just having written it all down!

Thanks again, Gigi


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Grab a bag of baby carrots and read BCB. :salut

 

Search out Zero Point Soup (in Soups Stews and Cowder forum) and you will find lots of posts about how to eat point free.

 

Water and exercise both help greatly.

 

Water fills you up. Exercise will suppress hunger and earn food points (Activity Points) That is a double win.

 

You do not need to be hungry.

 

Congrats on getting busy with your health. Your daughter is one lucky kid to have you for a mom.

 

 

You are worth the effort.

CW


AS LONG AS I DON'T QUIT, I CANNOT FAIL

 

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The first two weeks completely sucked for me, I don't want to discourage you but it's true.

 

Search out lots of 1 and 0 pts foods and eat them like they're going out of style.

 

I favorite was corn tortillas (1 pt for 2) cut up and baked to be like little chips.

 

-Padre


SW: 4/2/7- 339lbs

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Congrats Gigi for making a commitment to you and your health! There is a learning curve to WW, but I suspect one or two things--not enough fruits and veggies, and maybe not combining "snacks"-with some protein--that helps it have some staying power! Right now, in the USA, the pears and apples are awesome, also the winter squash--acorn, butternut, etc are delish--explore and promise to try one new food and one new recipe a week--this site has great cooks and recipes--check it out!

You can do this, and you are the only one who can! :salut


Em

SW 189.5

CW 173.2 Goal=155 (10% 159)

Lifetime 12/06 at 155#

"Never give up. . . and never surrender." Cmdr. Peter Quincy Taggart, Galaxy Quest

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Guest danadenise

Hi Gigi

 

Have you tried increasing your fiber intake, High fiber foods makes you feel fuller for longer periods of times, drink lots of water. Try eating soups before your main meals. Snack on lots of fruit and veggies.

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Post what you are eating and you will get some suggestions. Sounds like you may be choosing foods which are not that satisfying. Are you following the 8 guidelines for good health (the Great 8). That will help.


"Hunger is the best sauce"

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Welcome to the good life!! You have made the right choice.

 

I was hungry too the first few weeks in WW. What helped me was to eat a solid breakfast (which I usually skipped) and snack healthy through out the day. For a while I had to hit the veggies really hard, especially in the evening when my snack demon was around.

 

Today, my typical breakfast is:

 

1 c shredded wheat w/skim and banana; 1 sl 5 gr whole wheat toast w/peanut butter and 1 tsp of olive oil - heavy on the points but it stays with me all morning.

 

My mid morning and afternoon snacks are usually apples or some other fruit and sometimes the WW mini bars.

 

For me, protein usually helps with the hunger pangs so I will do a low fat cheez stick or even grab a slice or two of deli chicken or turkey when I get home from work.

 

Give it time - this thing really does work!!


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This is for life.... :bcb_march

 

SW - 237.8 (March 16, 2006)

 

10% goal - 214.8 (5/18/06)

 

Lifetime goal - 184.0

 

Lifetime goal: 11/30/06 @ 183.2 lbs

 

WW lifetime membership: Jan 11, 2007

 

Current WT: 179.2 (5/5/2012)

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I'm surprised no one has suggested trying the CORE plan. If you do CORE, you eat when you are hungry and don't worry about counting the Points, as long as the foods you choose are CORE foods. CORE foods include all 0-point veggies and fresh fruit, but also beans, whole grains (though brown rice, potatoes, and high-fiber bran cereal are limited to one serving a day), lean protein (lean meats, poultry, dairy, tofu, fish), and fresh fruit.

 

I haven't done CORE in awhile, but you can check out the program either at your local meeting or here online (see some of the CORE forums - I believe there is a comprehensive list of CORE foods and many interesting recipes there, too) CORE also allows you 35 "weekly allowance points," like FLEX, so you can have some non-CORE foods now and then.

 

CORE foods do indeed tend to be low-energy density foods, which means you get a lot of volume for the calories consumed. That also means they fill you up.

 

That said, eating the CORE way can be a big adjustment for people used to eating a lot of pre-packaged or processed foods, so it isn't for everyone.

 

Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know that option is out there....

 

And good for you for posting here before giving in to temptation.

 

- Jennifer


ACE-certified Personal Trainer

& WW Lifetime Member

 

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Don't waste points on snacks that are not filling.

Baby carrots - good.

Eat protein at every meal to fill you up.

Eat enough fiber.

Are you eating enough fruits and veggies?

Make the zero point soup.

Eat 3 meals - don't skimp on them.

Drink more water.

Try a hot drink - perhaps tea/lite coca

 

Ashlee


Be the change that you want to be.

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:welcome:

 

And don't forget, you do have those 35 Weekly Points Allowance you can use as well.


Luanne

 

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Goal - 8/2/02

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Hi Gigi!

 

I have one word for you... (LOL)

BEANS

 

Actually, I have more than one word for you. I was just playing.

LOL But I am serious about the beans! They are filling and they are protein... You won't feel weak or as tired or hungry. Just don't overdo it or you will be offending all your friends. :bcb_wink3

 

Let me also say that I really do feel your pain! I had the same problem when I started WW! I cried I was so hungry! I had tried Atkins and it made me sick! It ended up triggering a digestive disease, but we won't go there. Weight Watchers is the absolute best program I have ever found! You can do it!

 

I also recommend the following to ease your hunger pangs:

 

Hebrew National Fat Free Hot Dogs (1 PT EACH)

Martin's Potato Hot Dog Rolls (1 PT EACH)

 

You can have two hot dogs for 4 pts! That's a good filling meal!

 

You can add ketchup & mustard for 0 PTS, or you can add chili beans, onions and mustard for only 1 more point for both hot dogs!

 

I use the one of the Act II popcorns that is ninety something percent fat free. It is zero points. That can be helpful at times.

 

I also do raw veggies with zero points dip (easy!):

Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix (yes the regular!)

Fat Free Sour Cream

Mix it up...ZERO POINTS

 

Dip saves me all the time AND it counts as a MILK! So you can easily get your milks and your veggies/fruits in for no points at all!

 

Boneless, skinless chicken breast is only 1 point per ounce. Baked Potatoes are filling and low in points. Get yourself some 2% Cheddar/Mozzarella Cheese Shredded to sprinkle on some of your sides. You won't feel cheated, believe me! My husband was impressed at some of the things I can do and eat. I don't suffer and you don't have to either.

 

Hang in there, we are here if you have more questions! :bcb_up


LAURA aka. HAZEL

"Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)

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I use the one of the Act II popcorns that is ninety something percent fat free. It is zero points. That can be helpful at times.

 

I also do raw veggies with zero points dip (easy!):

Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix (yes the regular!)

Fat Free Sour Cream

Mix it up...ZERO POINTS

 

Dip saves me all the time AND it counts as a MILK! So you can easily get your milks and your veggies/fruits in for no points at all! :bcb_up

Hi HazelnutJava,

 

Better double check your Complete Food Companion and your Week 1 book:

 

No popcorn is zero points, and only one FF sour cream is (Blue Bunny Health Smart - and that's only for 2 Tablespoons worth). Also, according to the Week 1 Eat Wisely book (p. 47), FF sour cream does NOT count towards your milk servings for the day (but yogurt does...). 94% FF popcorn is a good low points filler though - the Act II 94% FF popcorn varieties listed allow you 6 cups for only 2 points! :salut

 

Gigi, I'd like to second what Jennifer M said, though - you might consider trying Core. On Core, you can indeed have FF sour cream and FF popcorn. FF popcorn is an approved Core snack, so you can have it to help tide you over when you're "starving". I was leery about trying Core, so I lost all my weight on Flex, and the first couple of weeks were tough, as were the first couple of weeks each time I lost enough weight that I had to reduce my daily points allowance (felt like I was being punished for doing well...). The good thing about Flex though, is that it does help you gain a realistic view of portion sizes - something I had trouble with, and still need to remind myself of.

 

I was afraid that Core would be limiting, but when I tried it last winter, I found it to be relatively easy to do. There are a lot of Core recipes posted on this site, and once you get the hang of it, it's pretty freeing. I don't think you'd feel restricted by it like you did with Atkins. If you're feeling deprived, the good thing about Core is that you can eat "as much as you need" of Core foods (but note the restrictions on things like WW pasta, brown rice, potatoes, and ground meats). It doesn't mean "pig out", but that you can eat to satisfaction. Yes, you do need to be more aware of what "satisfaction" feels like, and that you're not sabotaging yourself by going beyond it, but it's a good system.

 

 

There are a lot of good ideas on this thread, and you can try them to get you through to Thursday. Then when you go to your meeting, talk to your Leader about the hunger, and maybe s/he can give you some ideas, too. Good for you for choosing to change your eating for the better, and for helping your daughter head in a healthier direction, too. It's been a great program for me, and I hope that the two of you will find it to be so for you, too.


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Maintaining since 5/18/06 :bcbkickbu

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There have been lots of good suggestions already. I would just add- include 0 pt veggies w/ every meal. Like cut up veggies and add to egg beaters. Have sauteed peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots on sandwiches. Put raw carrots in soup to give a crunch. Have a huge salad. I eat so many veggies during the day,that true hunger is usually not an issue. Also, look at what you are eating and the volume of it. If you could choose b/n a few chips or a bag full of popcorn for the same pts, go for the volume. Use your pts wisely to get the most bang for the buck! You can do it! You are on the right track. Hang in there!


Jessica

 

 

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Thanks for the correction DES2, I will have to check that out! :salut


LAURA aka. HAZEL

"Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)

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HazelNutJava, I loved some of the low point tips you shared. Thanks so much! Hot dogs definitely fall into the "comfort food" zone for me and go a long way towards keeping me from feeling like I'm ever deprived. One of my lo point treats.... frozen Cool Whip fat free, scooped into a chilled glass of Diet A&W Root Beer. I swear by it.... Good luck to everyone!


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SW - 125.8

CW - 117.2

GW - 110.0

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That Root Beer Float sounds awesome! I have to try that now! Thanks for sharing! MMMMmmmm!


LAURA aka. HAZEL

"Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)

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I would also suggest that you should try core if you find that you are not feeling satisfied with flex (give it a bit of time, though).

When I first started WW, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with core, but decided to give it a shot, and have been following it ever since.

There are several reasons why this plan has worked for me, but the main one is that I am not hungry. Core foods are filling.

If you decide to give it a shot, I would suggest doing some research and having some recipes ready so you are prepared. Core requires preparation, but being prepared helps keep you OP.

Good luck!


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CW-192.5

 

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I started out on Core and lost my first 10% on it!!! I switched to Flex only because I was going into a situation where I couldn't control what food was being served....

 

If necessary I'll go back!!

 

Read over your "Getting Started" book to get a feel for both plans and if necessary retake the quiz to find out how many points you are allowed in a day.

 

And don't think of snacks as extras think of them as "mini meals" and try not to go too long without having something to eat.

 

Good luck in your journey and feel proud in the fact that you are setting a good example for your daughter!!!

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Gigi are you still around? You've had a lot of replies to your question but you haven't made another post since then!


"Hunger is the best sauce"

my Mom

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Actually, she hasn't had ANY posts ANYWHERE in BCB since then. Hmmm.


LAURA aka. HAZEL

"Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)

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I'm baackkk! :bcb_march Thanks soooo much to all of you who were kind enough to post your suggestions and words of encouragement!!! I haven't fallen off of the wagon, I've actually just been crazy busy and work and so tired in the evenings that I haven't logged on. I am now on Day 5 and I still have about 20 flex points (is that what they're called?) and have counted everything I've eaten! I am going to heed your suggestions to add more veggies and protein. The protein scares me because it seems to be so much higher in points -- yesterday I had a small piece of lean beef and it was like 5 or 6 points just for the meat! Yikes! I will try the beans as well. I thought about Core but started with flex and need to stick it out this week to see if I've lost anything. I am tired and can't seem to get enough energy to exercise and I'm constantly thinking of food food food and points points points. I am going to read all of your posts again and the BCB guidelines again as well. I can't thank you all enough for your support; this is awesome! I'll let you know what the scale says on Thursday night. I'm praying for a loss so that I won't give into this urge to binge...this is hard but it's a lot easier than it would be if it weren't for you all. Thanks again sooooo very much from the bottom of my heart!

Gigi


Gigi2007

 

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Are you taking a good multivitamin?? Other than that I think that it's a case of your body adjusting to a new style of eating and a new way of life...

 

Having said that, make sure to EAT ALL YOUR POINTS!!!! And if you feel a Binge urge coming on have some raw veggies to snack on!! Zero points = Zero guilt!!

 

You will find what works for you and I think that you will see some great results come weigh in day!!! Good Luck and Skinny thoughts!!!

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Gigi - Whenever you get an "urge", grab a zero point veggie a tall glass of water and come on here and start posting. As crazy as it seems, it really works.

 

We are all people who are going thru the same thing, so where better to go!!!!

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I am now on Day 5 and I still have about 20 flex points (is that what they're called?) and have counted everything I've eaten! I am going to heed your suggestions to add more veggies and protein. The protein scares me because it seems to be so much higher in points -- yesterday I had a small piece of lean beef and it was like 5 or 6 points just for the meat! Yikes! I will try the beans as well.

I am tired and can't seem to get enough energy to exercise and I'm constantly thinking of food food food and points points points.

Gigi

Hi Gigi,

 

Good job!

 

So USE those flex points to give yourself some protein! This isn't about deprivation. Also, at this point, don't worry about the exercise - I think WW will give you the info about that in week 3, and you'll have plenty of time to exercise after that.

 

Good luck and hang in there!


189.8 :bcb_yuck: /140/140 /pg135

Maintaining since 5/18/06 :bcbkickbu

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DES2 said exactly what I was thinking. You need your protein. That is exactly why you are feeling run down and tired. Use those flex points to get the protein you need. Like I said, bean soup would be a good way to go, maybe a meatless or chicken chili would be another. I ate a bunch of protein today. I had two hot dogs and two burritos! I was really hungry and tired so I knew I needed it.

 

Exercise is a vicious circle. You don't want to do it because you are too tired, but if you do it your energy levels will increase. I hate that!


LAURA aka. HAZEL

"Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)

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