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  1. Well, you'd be wrong. I'm glad I'm not paying you to be my trainer. I have been a WW lifetime member for 15 years and have been at or near goal for most of that time outside of pregnancy. I journal, weigh, measure and get in all of my 8HG EVERY DAY. I've weighed my food for the past 4 years down to the gram. If I thought for a second I was eating too much, I think I'd have figured that out by now and not asked the question. I don't piss like a race horse for days after I stop weight training because I'm eating too much. I don't magicially start to weigh and measure my food or change when I do straight cardio. This is the 6th or 7th time I've tried strength training and this has happened each time.

     

    Maybe there's another board where people will actually answer my question instead of forming irresponsible opinions.


  2. I don't really have any to lose, I'm at goal, but I would like to be down a few more to a personal goal.

     

    Gaining weight is gaining weight. When I go to WW and I'm over my goal, they don't say "oh, you're weight training? Okay, you don't have to pay today" When I try on my clothes and they're tight from the water retention, it's still weight. Doesn't matter to me how it got there. I stuck with it this time for 8 weeks and the weight didn't taper off. I gained 7 lbs and was POP the entire time. Gave up and did straight cardio for a week, down 4 lbs. I don't worry about lower body strength because I do high resistance with my cardio whether on the elipical or treadmill, stairclimber or recumbant bike. I would like a stronger upper body, but the weight gain isn't worth it to me right now.

     

    What I'm looking for is possible solutions. I know the benefits of weight training, but for whatever reason I seem to be atypical when it comes to the extended weight gain/water reataining periods and I'm wondering if anyone else has this issue and how to resolve it.


  3. I don't know, I can't seem to get past the weight gain that strength training causes. I know the science behind it. I know it's water gain, not muscle mass. But I've stuck with it for periods of 2 months or more and my weight just keeps going up. I've tried eating more, eating less, drinking more, drinking less, sports drinks, more weights less reps, less weight more reps, weights first, cardio first, you name it. I do straight cardio and my weight plummets. I know all the benefits of strength training, but my body doesn't seem to. Any suggestions from anyone?


  4. Hi Lesa, I just wanted to say you ARE succeeding. As one of those fiercely independent, do it myself types I know how tough it must have been to reach out and ask for help. It shows how much you have changed and how much you have succeeded. This journey is much like the rollercoaster you couldn't fit on before. It goes fast, it goes slow, there are ups and downs. You're at the bottom of the hill now, but rest assured, you'll be making that climb again soon.

     

    Do you attend meetings? The new WW program is coming out the week of December 7th. There's nothing like something new and different to shake things up and get you remotivated.

     

    Best of luck to you.


  5. The Chex mix Turtle that comes in a bag is a total red light food for me. I'm not generally a "bar" person, but I did want to try these, but I noticed they contain chickory root, which is what causes the gas problems for those who eat the Fiber One Bars. I'm wondering if it has the same effect in these bars?


  6. My feeling is that you can't rely on others to "make" you workout. At some point the motivation has to come from within. I wouldn't think the people at the gym would call you to remind you. Most gyms have hundreds if not thousands of members and I can't see that they'd have the time to do that for people. I think that's part of why you pay a trainer, too.

     

    I think there's a lot of technology out there with texting, email alerts and what have you that you could make your own reminders.


  7. I'm a certified Turbo Jam addict ;) I have all the DVD's and love them! I'm a long time lifetime member, so I didn't have weight to lose, but it toned me up nicely and gave me a half decent looking 6 pack :) I also have Hip Hop Abs and like them also, but don't love them as much as TJ.


  8. They were on sale this week (and I had coupons! LOL, the things that excite me) Even better was the fact that the two varities I bought, the Italian Pasta and SW Vegetable both only had 1 point for the entire can. They have other varities too, but not all are 1 point for the whole can, but are point friendly.

     

    I was treated to an unexpected (high point) lunch today, and was looking for a low point dinner and was pleasantly surprised to find the entire can was only 1 point.

     

    They aren't as tasty as Progresso Light, but for the price and to be able to save a point for the whole can, they aren't bad at all.


  9. I have to go with the glorified candy bar thing. I'm a little troubled by this recent trend of fiber injected everything, from ice cream to yogurt to poptarts. It's not a criticism for those who choose to eat them, but I'm afraid that those who aren't as informed as most of us WW are, might not use them in a proper way.

     

    It sort of reminds me of the low carb thing a few years ago. Low carb doritios and ice cream and all that. People wolfing it all down because it was "low carb" thinking they were making a healthy choice.

     

    I tried the bars once, and didn't really see what all the fuss was about, and to me the supersonic gas wouldn't be worth it!


  10. I do Flex but did core a few times, but I'm a strong proponent of varying what you eat. I've been a WW for almost 15 years, lost 75+ lbs and have maintained throughout pregnancies and what have you, and my experience has been that when I eat the same foods all the time, I tend to plateau. Same with exercise. Adding in new foods or a new exercise routine or varying my daily points always results in a loss. Staying with the same foods and the same routine day in and day out usually results in a gain/plateau.

     

    That's what has made these boards so invaluable to me. You never know when a new recipie or new food find will become your new must have staple. I think that's especially true with Core. I had no idea that Stuffed Cabbage Casserole would become a family favorite or that I'd eat couscous or barley or quinoa or that I'd crave roasted vegetables. You'll never know all the great foods that are out there if you're eating the same thing day in and day out. I think different foods also provide different nutrients for your body and I think that helps with weight control and overall health. Just my opinion and experience, YMMV.


  11. I have it and like it and feel like it's a good ab workout. I like, no love, not having to get down on the floor to do ab work! It's fun, but not a super intense workout for me (I'm at goal and have been exercising a long time). The music is fun and funky and I like that part of it. I don't really care for Shaun T though. While I like that he's not your typical workout instructor, you can always hear him breathing heavy and his voice is kind of, I don't know, like he's got marshamallows in his mouth LOL.

     

    I prefer Turbo Jam over HHA. I feel like I get the same ab benefits, but a more overall workout and much more intense cardio.


  12. To me, it's more rude to reply with a none of your business type of reply than the orignal question is. I think most would view it as an innocent question, or just trying to make friendly conversation and would probably wonder why they were replied to in such a matter. If it bothered me that much, I think I'd say something like I haven't gotten on the scale lately or I'm trying to focus on my health not the numbers, but thank you for noticing my weight loss.


  13. I "feel" like I'm doing things in the right position. Whether I am or not, I can't be positive. I don't think you have to be perfect to benefit from it. I think what helps too is just overall fat loss. I think all the standing type ab work that you do with the workouts (most I don't even realize I'm working my abs until the next day) are great and I do think they help tighten and tone, but I think just losing the weight and burning the calories through the aeorbics is what helps most. Just my totally unprofessional opinion, tho :)


  14. You couldn't pay me enough to get me back down on the floor for ab work. My abs are in the best shape ever. Nothing has worked as well for me as the standing ab work in Turbo Jam and Hip Hop Abs. Plus, I'm having a ball doing them! To have a six pack at my age after 4 kids? Suh-weet!


  15. I don't really think it's accurate to say corn, potatoes and pastas are empty calories. Potatoes, for instance, are a great source of Vitamin C, potassium and are high in fiber and have no fat.

     

    I think fruits and vegetables are a part of an overall healthy balanced diet that includes protein,carbs and healthy oils.

     

    I think you may want to consult a registered dietician to get good sound information on being a vegetarian.


  16. Your grocery store doesn't carry lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables, healthy oils, brown rice, potatoes, eggs, pasta, nuts, cheese, cereal, skim milk, etc? I haven't read Dr. Oz's book, but I know that's pretty much what the basis of his program is.

     

    It seems like you're looking for some magic formula or "diet food". It all comes down to eating better food, less of it and moving more.

     

    Many, if not most people here eat heartily and healthy without eating aspartame or the other things you mention. I avoid most of those things you mention and have no problem finding enough things to eat any of my local grocery stores.

     

    I hate to say you're using the aspartame thing as an excuse, but it kind of sounds like it.


  17. I think you can call them whatever you want. But for me, to have permanent life long weight loss, I must follow the guidelines/rules, whatever you want to call them. Every time they institute some new rule, I mentally fight it tooth and nail, thinking I know better than WW. But in the end, they're always right! I do better, feel better and stay on plan better when I follow the 8 HG, especially the dairy and oils.


  18. I may be alone in this, but I've honestly never found the prices at Sam's or Costco to be really worth it. Once you pay the membership fee and have to buy in the ridiculous bulk quanities, it really isn't worth it to me, and the prices on many of the things aren't even lower. I follow the store ads and use coupons and I find I do much better that way. I even got a half a cart full of items FREE yesterday (items on sale, or buy one get one and with double coupons)


  19. Saw this post this morning and happened to be at Kroger this afternoon and they had them on sale. I probably would have passed them by, because they don't look all that appetizing from the box, but they were surprisingly good, especially for only 1 pt. I'm just totally bummed that they only had the caramel/vanilla. I LOVE chocolate mint flavor. I'll have to keep an eye out at other stores. Thanks for the info.

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