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Title: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on November 24, 2011, 10:08:17 PM
I bought the book ( e-book) a few years ago and I am glad I saved it. I stated to review the book (again) and hope to start lowcarbing on soon. At 327 lbs it sucks to be big. I had the lap band done back
in Dec 2005 and my pre-surgery weight was 323 Lbs... I was doing great.. Watching the amount of food I ate ( was not counting calories per say but I weight everything..No more then 4 oz at a time per meal).. I exercise every morning...before I started work at 2PM... Got down to 267 lbs ...Felt good, started buying new clothes at the local  walmart ( not kingsizedirect.com). Then My hours change.. started working 8am to 5pm... my workout went from 4-5 days a week to zero per week. I started to gain my weight back and had to start buying bigmans clothes again. Well now with the holidays all the potlucks at work and so forth I really need to keep an eye out.....
 
I would like to know is there a simple menu to follow .... I don't really cook but I can do boiled eggs/ lunch meats and cheese/ hamburgers ( no bun) ....Etc

Thanks Doug for the E-mail and referring me to the site.

Need all the help I can get/  Thanks  Joe


 
 
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Marty on November 24, 2011, 11:40:09 PM
Welcome to the forum, bigjoey! I'm sorry you've put the weight back on! How discouraging!!  But now that you've made the committment to FTS, you'll see how good you feel - and you don't HAVE to exercise to lose weight (http://www.fattoskinny.com/)! Do get some almond flour (or make your own using whole almonds and a grinder) and flaxseed meal and check out the One Minute Muffin. So easy and quick - and DELICIOUS! It's very versatile and filling. I like it as a quick breakfast. 

Sometimes I make it in a small shallow pan, cut it in half and use it like bread to make a quick grilled ham and cheese sandwich.  The whole process takes less than 5 minutes. You can even use it for a hamburger bun. Recipe follows.

Look up some of the recipes posted here and get the ingredients.  Just DO IT. You'll get better as you go along.

One-Minute Muffin

  1 Tablespoon  butter
  1/4  cup  flaxseed meal -- (can use almond meal, oat fiber, coconut flour or a  mixture)
  1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  1 egg
  1  teaspoon  xylitol (or 1-2 Spenda pkts or 1 T S/F flavored syrup Torani/Da Vinci)

Melt butter in a coffee cup or measuring cup. Add rest of ingredients and mix well microwave approximately 50-60 seconds (depending on micro wattage).  Turn out and let cool.  Muffin top should look shiny and a little moist. Serve w/butter or cream cheese while warm or plastic wrap for later.

Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Doug Varrieur on November 25, 2011, 08:48:48 AM
big joey  check out the meal plan a section on the forums homepag. Welcome! :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on November 25, 2011, 10:28:04 AM
Thank you.

Well after the Thanksgiving holiday got on the scale and was 328 Lbs... Thanks Terrible....

For breakfast going to start off with 2 boiled eggs....

Slowly looking at the meal plan section for some ideas... 
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: joagain on November 25, 2011, 11:05:54 AM
Welcome bigjoey dont look back only forward the first 2 weeks will be hard then all the cravings will be gone !!!

This time next year you can change you name medium joey or maybe even small joey !!!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Marty on November 25, 2011, 01:39:57 PM
BigJoey, when I first started FTS, all I wanted was quick to fix/eat food, and I soon became discouraged by the 'low-carb diet' I assumed. It was boring and I didn't want to look another hard boiled egg in the, uh, face! So finally I had to branch out and try the recipes. I don't particularly like to cook these days, but Doug has some really easy recipes that are delicious! I highly recommend the Macafoney and Cheese dish - the recipe is on the www.fattoskinny.com (http://www.fattoskinny.com) site - there's a video of Doug making this dish. It's not hard at all and you'll be delighted with it if you crave mac and cheese! You'll find all the support you could wish for on this forum. There are plenty of dishes that don't require fancy ingredients. You post any questions and someone will answer you right away!  :) :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: zombiegirl74 on November 25, 2011, 03:47:06 PM
Hi bigjoey! Welcome! I'm very glad you found us! Just stick to the program and you can do it! mine is a single parent family, and it is not always easy. Drink lots of water, and eat plenty of protein, veggies and meat are our mainstays, soemtimes it's frustrating,  but you CAN do it, and we are all here behind you cheering you on :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: shawn116 on November 25, 2011, 04:05:40 PM
Welcome Bigjoey  ;D 
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Need all the help I can get/
  You've come to the right place!!   We are all here with ya   ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Maddysmom on November 25, 2011, 10:04:07 PM
Hi Joey and welcome to the forum!  We are all on this journey together, so just jump on in here with us!  If I can do this, anybody can!  I've struggled with my weight all my life, but I believe I can eat the FTS way the rest of my life!  I never feel deprived.  I LOVE desserts, and the recipes here are awesome!   ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on November 26, 2011, 12:12:10 AM
Thanks Everyone for your support.....
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on November 26, 2011, 10:54:39 AM
Boiled eggs for breakfast??You need pancakes or french toast!!You need help working the search engine in the site Joey?? ???
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on November 26, 2011, 02:48:49 PM
Yup...still learning the site.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on November 26, 2011, 07:12:47 PM
Welcome to the family, Joey!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)

You can do it! ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on November 27, 2011, 09:37:59 AM
When you are searching Joey search on the homepage.If you search while you are in the boards you will  only search that board.If you need help holler.Scroll down to the bottom of the pages and you will see numbers those are additional pages.There are tons of recipes. ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: SherriPie on November 28, 2011, 08:45:56 PM
Welcome Joey! With the recipes and Umpa's amazing cooking ideas, you'll never be hungry or feel food deprived again!

Welcome to start of a whole new you :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on November 28, 2011, 11:51:19 PM
Thanks Everyone...

Site is very informative.

Doing ok so far, just need to stay away from coffee creamers..
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: suzlyn454 on November 29, 2011, 04:54:39 AM
Thanks Everyone...

Site is very informative.

Doing ok so far, just need to stay away from coffee creamers..

Hey Bigjoey!!  I found out that the powdered creamers I had been using before FTS were full of carbs.  I relate.  Heavy whipping cream (read that label for 0 carb, it's out there) and Land of Lakes Moo Moo are great 0 carb replacements.  I prefer Moo Moo by Land of Lakes.  I have one large mug of coffee with 2 Moo Moo every day.  Sam's carries them in a large box of 192 to the box, I didn't think I would be able to use them before the "use by" date, but I'm giving it my best shot LOL.  Here's a link for what they look like.

http://www.landolakes.com/product/2579/mini-moos-half-half (http://www.landolakes.com/product/2579/mini-moos-half-half)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Cindy75 on December 01, 2011, 11:38:50 AM
Hi! I'm new too!! Glad you're here! I have a problem with the creamers also... Since I use to be a large coffee, 7 cream 7 splenda kind of girl... yeah I know.. Have a little coffee with my cream and splenda! lol.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: suzlyn454 on December 01, 2011, 03:33:15 PM
Hi! I'm new too!! Glad you're here! I have a problem with the creamers also... Since I use to be a large coffee, 7 cream 7 splenda kind of girl... yeah I know.. Have a little coffee with my cream and splenda! lol.

LOL Cindy, my husband makes the coffee every AM.  I am always asking him how much sweetener did he use, it just always seems I need (want) it sweeter  :o  Did you check out the link on the moo moo's?
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 01, 2011, 11:45:11 PM
Yup.. Need my AM coffee ...Anyway Friday morning will be a week and I think I have done ok. Will weight in the AM and report. I think Monday AM start heading to the gym. Have not been able todo it this week have been dog sitting for the in-laws.... What I have found this week is that I can live with a 1/2 cup of LC icecream during the evening... I get off from work at 8:00 PM so when I get home I look forward to the treat.... It has help control my PM cravings ...
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 02, 2011, 08:39:37 AM
Well been a week now and weight in this morning at 322 lbs. Goal for the week is to get under 319 lbs
for the next week weight in.

Hope to make a LC pizza over the weekend.......
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 02, 2011, 09:14:21 AM
Joey you are doing great! :) Make sure you are eating enough
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 03, 2011, 09:51:21 AM
You Bet Umpa.....

One thing I am starting to get is leg cramps during the evening.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: owensmath on December 03, 2011, 10:02:03 AM
Drinking enough water?
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: SherriPie on December 03, 2011, 10:28:58 AM
I had leg cramps at night during the beginning too. I think it was from not getting enough water. Upped my intake and got a good multivitamin and they settled down. You are rocking this Joey! Congrats on a great week.

You should get yourself a counter for your signature. It helps keep track of what you lost but it also helps you track when and how much you lost. It give you like a graph and you can see all your different check in's the date and it shows your downward spiral. I love it and it helps remind me where I don't want to go too again.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Marty on December 03, 2011, 10:36:42 AM
You can make a ticker by clicking on someone else's ticker, then when the new page opens, click on 'create your own ticker' - go from there. It's kind of nifty! :D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 03, 2011, 12:30:53 PM
Thanks!

I think I need to drink more water..I do take a multivitamin everyday.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on December 03, 2011, 03:45:11 PM
Way to go, Joey!... You got this down! ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 04, 2011, 09:15:49 AM
You can always flavor your water if it helps to get it down.You can use a splash of soda or crystal light flavorings ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 06, 2011, 10:54:55 AM
Thanks for the tip... Just checking in...doing good so far....still sticking to my goal of getting under 319 by Friday.  The other day went to Village inn for breakfast. Had a ham and cheese omelet,no hash browns of course. First time I had an omelet that had cream cheese in it... I must say it was pretty good.

Very cold this AM... Went out to get a cup of coffee read 3 degrees and that was at 7:00AM..

I really hate the cold!!!!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: jen1975 on December 06, 2011, 03:06:30 PM
Hey Joey - Wow where you at?  You must live near me!  SOOO cold here right now!  I'm in Englewood, CO.  Coffee sounds good even now, just to stay warm.  Keep on, you are starting out real well, just keep it up!
Jen
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Andrea on December 06, 2011, 03:12:40 PM
Jen1975,
Englewood the city or unincorporated Arapahoe County.  I live near Havana and Belleview.  I can't be too far from you.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: jen1975 on December 06, 2011, 07:03:29 PM
Hey Andrea!  Unincorporated Arapahoe County.  I'm just west of Arapahoe and Parker.  Yay, someone near me! 
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 07, 2011, 08:41:53 AM
Hey Joey - Wow where you at?  You must live near me!  SOOO cold here right now!  I'm in Englewood, CO.  Coffee sounds good even now, just to stay warm.  Keep on, you are starting out real well, just keep it up!
Jen


Hi

I am in Sterling, Co  two hrs northeast from Denver.....
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 07, 2011, 08:46:34 AM
3 degrees???? Where you at?? ???
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: zombiegirl74 on December 07, 2011, 10:16:51 AM
Be glad you don't live here Joey, we were -20 with a -30 windchill on monday! Today it is a balmy 17 degrees  :D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 07, 2011, 10:37:16 AM
Be glad you don't live here Joey, we were -20 with a -30 windchill on monday! Today it is a balmy 17 degrees  :D

Hi zombiegirl74 - You are right next door to me....and thats to cold for me....

 umpa - I am in Sterling, Co.... Northeast about 1 hr from the Nebraska State Line

originally from NYC... Been in Co since 1980  thanks to the US Army... Still have Family back in and I try to visit every other year....
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: jen1975 on December 07, 2011, 09:24:40 PM
I've been thru there before on some of our motorcycle rides.  Yeah you guys get that nasty wind across the plains!  At least it's supposed to be in the 40s this weekend!  Yay!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 08, 2011, 09:24:59 AM
I love New York BigJoey! I am going in February to take dougs mom to a broadway show she has never been to New York.Colorado is beautiful.I use to live in Utah and I can remember getting snow on the 4th of july!!I  stay in The Keys for winter i figure its as far as I can get from the snow!!! :D :D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 08, 2011, 09:59:28 AM
Hey umpa ...

Dont forget the great food!!!  Gotta love the Pizza.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 08, 2011, 06:23:40 PM
I make it myself now!! That is my one weakness though,New York pizza! I went to a restaurant in Manhattan with my grandson and got in line and ordered a salad and the guy gives me a salad and a piece of cheese pizza.I said no thank you to the pizza and he said "what is wrong with you???You don't eat the pie??" I said" I like it but I will just take the salad" and he said "Yo! Lady! what planet are you from????" :D :D :D ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 08, 2011, 11:33:23 PM
LOL... I believe it!!!

I guess you could have had scraped the cheese off the pizza......
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 09, 2011, 08:56:42 AM
i think he would have called in a hitman if i scraped the cheese off!! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on December 09, 2011, 10:29:00 AM
i think he would have called in a hitman if i scraped the cheese off!! :D :D :D

If you hear... "Hey, Guido!"... RUN!!!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 09, 2011, 11:24:08 AM
Good Morning...

Weekly weight in:

Well my goal was to get under 320 Lbs ( wanted to hit 319) bad news did not make it.
Weighted in @ 320.4 lbs...  Good News its still a lost from 322 lbs last week.
I even hit the gym 3 times this week ( 30 Min ) on treadmill and very light weight training.

Would like to know if you weight in weekly what is your avg [url=http://www.fattoskinny.com/][url=http://www.fattoskinny.com/]weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/)[/url][/url] per week.

Goal for next week weight in :  318 lbs

Hey jen1975- I like to ride to...when I can... have a 05 Honda VTX 1300R   would like a trike !!!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: shawn116 on December 09, 2011, 11:51:33 AM
Trikes are awesome!!  ;D ;D  Wouldn't mind having one myself.. ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on December 09, 2011, 12:04:25 PM
Hi Joey! :)

Since no two of us are alike, weekly weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/) averages will vary from week to week and from person to person.
Therefore, "averages" may or may not apply to you.

Also remember that, whether we like it or not, our bodies have their own clocks and calendars.
So if your following the FTS rules and find yourself losing at a rate less than expected, don't worry.
Part of your journey is learning about how your body reacts to what you eat.

As you proceed through your FTS journey, it's OK to adjust your goals to be realistic with how your body loses.
Since you are within 1 pound of reaching your mini-goal, you did GREAT! :)

Congratulations!!! :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: jen1975 on December 09, 2011, 11:07:00 PM
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Hey jen1975- I like to ride to...when I can... have a 05 Honda VTX 1300R   would like a trike !!!

We have an 02 Harley ElectraGlide Standard.  The hubby would love to get an Ultra Classic.  I'm afraid soon we may have to go with a trike; he has rheumatoid arthritis and he's knees are always the worst.  He hasn't reached the point of accepting that just yet though!  I believe TooSweet rides too... I think they went to Sturgis this past summer.

If you're going to lose weight (http://www.fattoskinny.com/) and keep it off, make sure you set realistic goals.  Healthy weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/) is 1-2lbs per week; some people will lose more than that, some less.  I'm always just happy if my numbers keep going down, however little at a time it is.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: shawn116 on December 10, 2011, 08:25:52 AM
We sure did and had a blast!!  LOL   
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I'm afraid soon we may have to go with a trike; he has rheumatoid arthritis and he's knees are always the worst.  He hasn't reached the point of accepting that just yet though!
  I know what you mean Jen  :-\  I would love to not have to ride on the back but I don't think I could handle one myself with my arthritis  :'(  I think a trike would be a blast though.  We have a 08 Road King at the moment.  Hubs sure would love to have a new one under the tree this year  8)  Not sure Santa is that fat in the wallet  ;)

Keep up the good work Joey you are doing great!  :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 10, 2011, 08:28:18 AM
You know Jen I don't know if its the vibration or what ,but I sold my 1980 Superglide(Harley) and went to a dual sport so I could ride in the mountains in North Carolina.When I rode my Harley my knees hurt.When i ride my dualsport they don't.When I owned my harleyshop alot of the older bikers had knee problems.My exhusband had both knees replaced. 8)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 10, 2011, 04:00:36 PM
Thanks everyone.....

Glad to see bike riders on the board....and thanks fo the advice... 1-2 lbs a week is good for me...
 

 jen1975- Maybe I will see you guys in 2012 on a ride.... I try to do charity rides especially with Law Enforcement. Not to much poker runs, unless its for a good cause...I don't know how to play poker..lol

Off from work on Sat/Sun.... These are tough days since its out of routine on what I eat. I work
11AM to 8PM so when I get home the wife is getting ready to go bed for work the next day.
When we are home together eating is a little tough... For Dinner tonight taco salad ( without the
taco)....
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 13, 2011, 11:53:09 PM
Confession:

Well I mess up today...Went to work this AM and had a donut for Breakfast.... There were three boxes full.

For lunch I just had 2 oz of cheese and some peanuts ...

For dinner I had the wife pick on were she wanted to go... We had Chinese..  I keep it simple
to Beef and mushroom.....but had a few pieces of fudge..

I know I will see it in the morning on the scale, hopefully not much...

I fell of the horse, but getting back up and riding again.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 14, 2011, 08:12:28 AM
No biggie,just keep moving forward and all will be well ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 16, 2011, 10:28:43 AM
 
Goal for next week weight in :  318 lbs



Well my goal for this week was 318 lbs:  I weighed in at 319.6 Lbs ( at least I got under 320 lbs).
Had a few bumps on the road this week eating outside the box.
I am getting better in controlling my sweet cravings especially during the evening. I just have a cup of hot diet chocolate cocoa( I find the one with the lowest carb content ) and it does the job.



 
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: SherriPie on December 16, 2011, 11:23:12 AM
Joey I was a HUGE sweets addict. I wanted sweets everyday, all the time. If you really want to rock this you need to stay completely away from all carbs. Try two weeks with no SF sweets or anything and be completely faithful to the FTS plan. At the end of the two weeks you won't crave a thing. I can now sit a table full of sugary fun stuff and it doesn't bother me at all, you will be able too also!!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 17, 2011, 08:12:11 AM
sherripie is correct .Get through two weeks ,no sweets (real sugar)and you will lose that craving.After that  if you do want something thats what the Bakery Book is for.Don't deprive yourself or you won't suceed. ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: owensmath on December 17, 2011, 04:41:45 PM

Goal for next week weight in :  318 lbs



Well my goal for this week was 318 lbs:  I weighed in at 319.6 Lbs ( at least I got under 320 lbs).
Had a few bumps on the road this week eating outside the box.
I am getting better in controlling my sweet cravings especially during the evening. I just have a cup of hot diet chocolate cocoa( I find the one with the lowest carb content ) and it does the job.



 

If you can get through this first little bit of resisting the cravings, you will accomplish two things: you will strengthen your will power and be proud of yourself AND you will get past the issue of having cravings.  I used to love sweets, but now I find I dn't even crave the SF replacements.   It gives a person a sense of control and power to not give in to one's previous old habits that were destructive.
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Post by: umpa on December 18, 2011, 09:11:13 AM
Very true :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on December 18, 2011, 12:46:44 PM
I too agree, owensmath! :)

I had a HUGE "sweet tooth" before FTS.
But now, I have an urge for something sweet only occasionally.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 19, 2011, 11:45:43 AM
Thanks All....
 :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 24, 2011, 12:48:04 PM



Well My Friday weight in was 320 lbs I did manage to hit 318 on Wednesday but I Messed up.. Potluck
Wed afternoon at work, Thursday and Friday was bad too!  I hope to get the pass the holidays and get back on track. I ordered Dougs New and revised FAT TO SKINNY Fast book and should have it soon.
2012 will be a good year .....

Want to wish everyone a Safe and Merry Christmas.



 
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Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 24, 2011, 04:05:47 PM
I tell my friends if you don't gain during the holidays and just maintain you are doing good. ;) I had one girlfriend who gained 20 pounds last year between thanksgiving and new years!I am not sure where the holidays started being all about food and not the spirit of giving thanks and giving. :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Marty on December 24, 2011, 04:50:42 PM
I've been giving myself treats like seafood, bacon-wrapped fillet mignon, etc. so I won't feel deprived this holiday season and feel the need to indulge. Another neighbor came over with a loaf of banana bread, cookies and fudge. I was so glad that I had sf candy to turn to when I took a gander at that plate! I gave the goodies away quick. It's a real challenge to resist all the sweets! I don't know how we became convinced that we're obligated to over-eat at this time of year. Maybe it's all those sugarplums dancing in our heads! :D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 30, 2011, 09:43:12 AM
Well another week down and another weight in... Christmas week was tough but is now over. Wish everyone a safe and happy new year!

1/1/11- 341.0

11/25/11-328.0
12/02/11-320.4
12/09/11-319.6
12/23/11-320.0
12/30/11-319.0

Because I log my weight down on my calender just happen to go back to January 01,2011 ( because we always have a new years resolution right ;) )  I checked my weight back then I was 341 Lbs.. The weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/) is due to trying the different diets and on/off a diet.  I think LC works the best.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on December 30, 2011, 09:50:54 AM
You are doing great Joey! ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on December 30, 2011, 09:52:02 AM
Thanks!
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Post by: SherriPie on December 30, 2011, 10:02:41 AM
Great job Joey!! Anyone that can lose during this time of the year is AMAZING!! You Rock!
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Post by: freeinHim on December 30, 2011, 11:30:38 AM
Congratulations, Joey...you're doing great!   :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: shawn116 on December 30, 2011, 11:35:30 AM
Doin great Joey!!   ;)   Happy new year to you as well
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Post by: Maddysmom on December 30, 2011, 07:33:52 PM
Way to go Joey!!  If you're like me, once you've seen that you can make it through Christmas.....you can make it through ANYTHING!!  So you are down a total of 22!  WOW!!   I had lost a few pounds prior to starting fts, and I still count that in on my total.   YOu need to get a ticker on your profile!  It's the highlight of my DAY to be able to login and change the weight as it goes down!!   Congratulations!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: jen1975 on December 31, 2011, 12:09:15 PM
Wow Maddiesmom - you are doing FANTASTIC!!  So proud of you!  Joey, you will be following her footsteps; I have faith that you can do this!  I've struggled through this holiday season, have to say I'm glad the "eating season" is over lol...  I've bounced up and down the last couple weeks, we will see where I'm at tomorrow when I weigh in. 
  Had our holiday party on Wednesday for work...I have to say - having some 50 people freak out about how good you look (I've also done a drastic hairstyle change to go with the weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/)!) is a HUGE boost to the ego!  Makes me more determined to keep going!

Happy New Years everyone!  May the new year find us all healthier and happier!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on December 31, 2011, 03:00:51 PM
Keep it up, Joey! :) :) :) :)

You're on your way to a new YOU! ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on January 01, 2012, 09:24:07 AM
Jen wanna see a pic of your new hairstyle! :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Maddysmom on January 01, 2012, 10:32:18 AM
Yes Jen!  We need pictures!!   You are doing GREAT too!!!  Isn't it so nice to start the New Year and not have worry about which "diet" to start THIS year?  :-\  I never lasted more than 2 weeks on a diet anyway!  ha ha   LOVE FTS!!!!   Ok, everybody now, "picture, picture, picture!!"  ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on January 01, 2012, 12:14:50 PM
Thanks

Cant wait to just get down to a size were I can buy clothes at the local walmat?

Clothes are cheaper when u are smaller!!!

When I was 267 i did just that.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on January 01, 2012, 11:08:39 PM
I was listening to Doug's CD today and the one part I like is when he says eat only when your hungry. Many times we hear make sure u eat a big breakfast first thing in the morning. Well most of the time I am not hungry in the Morning. I like my Morning coffee and will be good until 11:30 AM.
Glad I am not the only one thinking this way...
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Post by: umpa on January 02, 2012, 09:15:17 AM
I agree with that Joey.Most days we eat our first meal at 11:00(lunch or breakfast)Snack at 3:00 .Then dinner at 6:00. ;)
I agree maddysmom pictures,pictures,pictures! ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on January 06, 2012, 08:21:33 AM
Weekly weight in:   Been very busy week at home and and work. Have not been at 100 pct with the diet but doing better then before.. Lost 1 lbs for the week.

Started   11-25-11 @  328 lbs
Current   01-06-12 @  318 lbs
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on January 06, 2012, 09:32:57 AM
Just keep moving forward Joey you are doing fine ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on January 13, 2012, 08:43:48 AM
Well another weight week: Gain 1bs... Been a  bad week....I went back and reviewed what was different last couple of weeks and one thing i have been lacking is sleep. This week been avg 4-5 hrs a night and compare to 6-7 hrs.  My meals have been about the same no major changes.

Well just gotta get more rest and do better this week.  I must say I do feel better then before.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on January 13, 2012, 09:16:36 AM
Sleep and lots water.You are doing great Joey! ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on January 13, 2012, 10:51:38 AM
Thanks, Now that you mentioned water my intake has been low.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Marty on January 13, 2012, 11:11:21 AM
As an incentive to drink more water, remember that plain water flushes fat from your body. Now that I've cut down on my coffee intake, I'm drinking more water - sometimes just plain hot water. I had an older friend who used to drink plain hot water with every meal. She claimed it was good for digestion. :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on January 13, 2012, 12:17:43 PM
You are doing fine, Joey! :)
Just drink more water and get more sleep. ;)

And about water... VERY cold water causes our bodies to burn more energy.

This is because the body seeks to maintain that 98.6 mark.
And when you add something cold, it must burn energy to rebalance the temperature.

Although it's winter, I still drink ice water even though my wife thinks I'm nuts! :D :D :D
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Post by: Marty on January 13, 2012, 03:22:22 PM
That's nice to know, Tony! I don't care for ice water, but I'll give it a shot. :D
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Post by: umpa on January 14, 2012, 09:23:53 AM
i love water with a splash of lemon ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Marty on January 14, 2012, 10:17:39 AM
A little more lemon and some Stevia and you'll have Lemonade! I asked for lemon for my water in a restaurant once and they brought a whole cut-up lemon, and I did just that! ;D

So I emptied the ice bin and it made new ice - clunk, clunk, clunk all night! :o

Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on January 15, 2012, 10:17:07 AM
Between the ice maker and the garage door you are gonna go crazy! :D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Marty on January 15, 2012, 10:18:52 AM
 :o I just hope it's not already too late! :o
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Doug Varrieur on January 15, 2012, 09:44:17 PM
Hi Joey,  I want you to remember this lifestyle change is just that... a lifestyle change. Stay the course my friend :-)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on February 14, 2012, 11:21:12 AM
Weekly weight in:   Been very busy week at home and and work. Have not been at 100 pct with the diet but doing better then before.. Lost 1 lbs for the week.

Started   11-25-11 @  328 lbs
Current   01-06-12 @  318 lbs

Hi All

Just checking in today. Weight is dropping just slow...but heck losing... I need to do better in staying away from coffee creamer's ...U know
the Vanilla flavored kind...and  peanut butter cups.... !!!!!   I have a routine during the week and do well.. On my days of during the weekend
I just do bad....

Started   11-25-11 @  328 lbs
Current   02-14-12 @  313 lbs
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Maddysmom on February 14, 2012, 11:33:25 AM
Hi Joey!  Great to hear from you!  Way to go on the loss!  I have heard that "slow & steady wins the race".  I am just thankful for ANY loss that shows up on the scale.  We KNOW it's going to happen if we stay on the program, and we are not on any time frame.  We can do this!!   ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Andrea on February 14, 2012, 11:37:33 AM
Hi, Joey,
You've had a lot of snow to shovel.  That's probably building muscle.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on February 14, 2012, 12:16:23 PM
Way to go, Joey! :) :) :) :)

A number of us are slow losers here and are members of the "FTS Turtle Club".
Although we're slow, we are going in the right direction and will get to our goals in due time.

So no worries, Joey!
This is NOT a race... It's a lifestyle.
If you stick with it and not go back to your old ways, you'll reach your destination! ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: SarahC on February 14, 2012, 12:16:42 PM
5 lbs is great! Woohoo!

If you aren't eating sugar-free peanut butter cups, try Russell Stover's sugar-free pb cups. They are at Walmart in the candy section. Green bag. If the sweetener bothers your tummy, consider making your own. Umpa has terrific recipes! If your creamer is sugar-loaded, make your own using cream and sf sweetener and vanilla extract. Plan ahead and you can get through the weekends, too! You're in control, Joey. It's really not painful once you fully commit to FTS. It's just the mental transition that's hard. If you're not a cooker, start simple and dig in. You might really take to it!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on February 14, 2012, 12:41:43 PM
One other thing, Joey... Sugar alcohols (sweeteners) can slow down weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/).
If you want to lose faster, try going without them for a while and see what happens.

When I started FTS, I would drink coffee with sweeteners to replace sugar.
Within a couple of weeks, I noticed my loss slowing way down.
But after stopping, the loss sped back up again.

To this day, I drink my coffee black and love it that way!
It just shows that we can change our taste preferences and enjoy them too! ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on February 14, 2012, 10:50:34 PM
Thanks everyone for your advice...I'm gonna try harder to stay away from creamers...

I think what also has worked I cut cheese out of my diet ( or at least 95 pct of it) .
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: suzlyn454 on February 15, 2012, 07:44:16 AM
Hi bigjoey

I'm glad you have the willpower to give up your creamers.  I only drink one cup of coffee a day and need my creamer.  I have linked you to what I use (thanks to TooSweet!!).  Check 'em out.
Suz
http://www.landolakes.com/product/2579/mini-moos-half-half (http://www.landolakes.com/product/2579/mini-moos-half-half)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on February 15, 2012, 08:53:22 AM
Cheese won't hurt you joey,but maybe look at portion sizes? :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on February 15, 2012, 10:27:43 AM
Cheese won't hurt you joey,but maybe look at portion sizes? :)

Hi Umpa

I think I was just eating to much of it.

Thanks suzlyn454

Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Barb sugarfree! on February 15, 2012, 10:29:31 PM
welcome to the family.  Together we can do this.  I have only been sugar free for 2 1/2 weeks and love it.  I feel soooooo much better :)  I gotta find that menu plan doug was referring to on the home page.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Barb sugarfree! on February 15, 2012, 10:34:14 PM
big joey  check out the meal plan a section on the forums homepag. Welcome!

I searched for menu plan on the home page and did not find this?  Can you help me find it.  I would love a meal plan, so I don't have to think for myself  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: SarahC on February 15, 2012, 10:38:04 PM
Look in the recipes section of the main page. You might have to search through all the posts, but there are some dandy ideas there.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on February 16, 2012, 11:05:01 AM
Hi all

Well doing well so far... Last few days been having leg cramps... anyone experience the same if so what have u taking for it?
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Andrea on February 16, 2012, 11:19:35 AM
Calcium deficiency can cause leg cramps. 
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: SarahC on February 16, 2012, 11:26:19 AM
I get leg cramps when I don't drink enough plain water - all day long. A friend told me to take 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Guaranteed to stop the cramps. Haven't tried it yet - been drinking water.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on February 16, 2012, 12:19:17 PM
Sarah is correct.Doug suffers from charley horses when he doesn't get enough water ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on February 16, 2012, 06:07:08 PM
Hi Joey! :)

Our bodies require lots of water to do everyday functions including weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/).
Unlike other things, it's very difficult to get too much of it.

If you stopped eating cheeses, you may have cut off your only calcium source.
If you eat it in moderation, it is good for you and will help prevent calcium deficiency.
And in moderation, won't hamper your weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/).

Another option is taking a calcium supplement.
However, the calcium in cheese is readily absorbed into the body.
The same can't be said for all the supplements.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on March 01, 2012, 10:51:38 AM
Hi All

Checking in been very busy at work......stresssssssssssssss... anyway... As of this morning weighted in at 309.6 lbs..... It would be great if I can hit the 300 mark by the end of March......



Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: SarahC on March 01, 2012, 11:02:24 AM
*Joey, that's great! You've lost over 18 pounds! I'm sorry you're stressed at work. Deep breaths.

*Prayed for your:
relationship with Jesus
success with your efforts at weight loss (http://www.fattoskinny.com/)
job stress relief
relationships with people
sense of well-being
that you will be filled with the Lord's joy
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Andrea on March 01, 2012, 11:27:42 PM
It's good to hear from you, bigjoey.  I actually thought of you today as I drove west on I-76 on my way back to Denver from Nebraska.  Congratulations on your continued loss.  Watch out 300, here he comes!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on March 02, 2012, 10:35:54 AM
HiYa BigJoey!! Always a pleasure! You are doing great!!! ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on March 02, 2012, 12:52:02 PM
Way to go, Joey! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on May 28, 2012, 12:14:02 PM
Hi All:

Well I took a brake and hope to get back on track on Tuesday.

Been around 310-315 mark the last few months....


I miss you all!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: shawn116 on May 28, 2012, 09:37:41 PM
Welcome back Joey  ;)  Just jump back in there... ;D
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Doug Varrieur on May 29, 2012, 08:31:55 AM
Hi Joey, it will help you get on track big time if you join in on Owensmaths Low-Carb-a-thon   Just click here- http://www.fattoskinny.net/index.php?topic=4390.0 (http://www.fattoskinny.net/index.php?topic=4390.0)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on May 29, 2012, 08:57:55 AM
HiYa Joey! :) Welcome Back!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Andrea on May 29, 2012, 10:01:57 AM
Welcome back, Joey.
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on May 29, 2012, 12:28:20 PM
Welcome home, Joey!!! :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on May 29, 2012, 11:41:36 PM
Thanks Everyone..

Glad to be back
Title: Coming back
Post by: bigjoe on July 01, 2014, 11:55:45 PM
I know-I know

Been on and off ... I really need to get my mojo going

restarted LC again on 6/30- @ 330 lbs

But miss the crew here

Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on July 02, 2014, 09:16:32 AM
Welcome back Big Joe!!  ;D You can do this and we will help you!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on July 02, 2014, 10:00:13 AM
Welcome home, Big Joe!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)

You know what to do... This time, it's a matter of boosting your commitment level.
You can do this. And you know we'll help you all the way.

Tony
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on July 02, 2014, 11:45:15 PM
Thanks- S0 far -3 lbs since I re started
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on July 03, 2014, 10:38:37 AM
Yeah You Joe! :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on July 03, 2014, 11:13:34 AM
Way to go, my man!... You're rolling now!!! ;D ;D ;D

Tony
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on July 03, 2014, 10:05:38 PM
Steady -3 lbs.. no gain / no loss for July 03....

I need to watch out on July 04,,,,, Family get together and food involved...Yikes
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on July 04, 2014, 10:52:42 AM
Hi, Joe! :)

There will be times out weight will not change while we are shrinking in size.
I believe this is due to the body temporarily replacing lost fat with water.
Since water is heavier than fat, the scale will be fooled, but you won't! ;D

The 4th has celebrations loaded with VERY carby junk.
But as you know, we use replacements (e.g. faux potato salad using cauliflower).

Remember, success involves 90% preparation, 10% execution.
Pack some low carb snacks and treats with you.
If any require the fridge, bring them in a cooler.

Have a wonderful 4th! :) :) :)

Tony
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on July 05, 2014, 08:47:45 AM
You can do it!!! :)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: Doug Varrieur on July 05, 2014, 09:15:30 AM
Hi Joe, welcome back!
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on July 05, 2014, 12:40:03 PM
Thanks- I had to take out the book to refresh my memory
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: umpa on July 06, 2014, 09:22:01 AM
You can do this Joe and we are going to help ;)
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: bigjoe on July 07, 2014, 10:11:36 PM
Thank You- Still here
Title: Re: Hi There New to site
Post by: mouseissue on July 08, 2014, 11:37:59 AM
Thank You- Still here

And we're here for you, Joe! :) :) :)

BTW, I lost count of how many times I read Doug's book after 20 or so.
Until you're mind becomes firmly seated into this lifestyle, rereading the book will help a LOT! ;D

Tony