30 April 2012

Weight Loss Success Stories: Taralynn Lost 25lbs by Simply Changing Her Eating Habits


  

I love to share weight loss success stories of people who have done the hard work and made the choice to change their lives. Reading their story is one of my way to find inspiration and boost my motivation to lose weight.

This success story comes from a girl who was born in Virginia and raised in a military family.

Taralynn, 20 had to deal with her low self-esteem when she was a child, because she was always became a target of bullies at her new school. But when she finally gained acceptance and appreciation in middle school where all the kids from different schools were joined, she started to found happiness, formed an unhealthy eating habits and had lack of exercise.

She then became overweight for her age. I surfing around her interesting blog, Undressed Skeleton to learn how she lose the weight.

Before and After Weight Loss: Taralynn lost 25lbs simply by changing her eating habits

What made you decide to lose weight?
The first day in high school hit me one morning when I was staring at myself in the mirror. I observed the weight change through the years and remembered what I had promised myself the week I left the mall empty handed “I will start my diet tomorrow”. I used the phrase almost every time I put something bad in my mouth, I used it as a comfort. That was the moment I decided the drinking and late night partying needed to end.

What changes you made to lose weight?
Having breakup with a boyfriend for the first time is supposed to sting but this stung a little too much. Food and friends would be the first thing I would turn to, but I didn’t have anyone left and food didn’t fill the emptiness, it's just fueled the fire of my anxiety. After taking a long walk, I realized that it actually gave me a little control over eating healthier. I started changing my eating habits gradually. I ended up training my body to relate exercise as a way of relaxation.

The Biggest Loser: Healthy diet and active lifestyle has transform herself physically

How long does it takes to see your weight loss result? 
25lbs had fallen off through the simplicity of switching to a healthy diet and a active life. The compliments I received from the people around me kept pushing me to move forward and continue to be strong. The reason I lost so much weight the first month is because when you first start a diet you lose a lot of the extra water weight you consume through sodium and other processed foods. I finally had control over my life and it felt great.

Share to us your workout
I love working out, but only when it’s fun. Swimming, hiking, walking, playing sports, dancing are some of my favorite work outs! Sometimes I’ll attempt new workouts when I go to the gym.

Taralynn's workout


Your 5 best weight loss tips?
1. Controlling Portion Sizes
Always keep measuring cups on hand, they are very helpful when controlling portion sizes with foods like, dressings, peanut butter, cereal, salts, sugars etc. It’s okay to have everything in moderation. Even healthy foods need to be eaten in moderation.

2. Watch out of late night eating
Whether it’s to quell anxiety or loneliness, to make up for insufficient calories during the day, or to fall asleep, overeating at night — well after dinner is over — is a common problem. If you’re prone to excess snacking after dinner, or if your habit evolves into a serious overeating problem (called Night-Eating Syndrome, or NES), treatments such as journaling, planning ahead, and changing your bedtime routine might help.

3. Rearrange your Refrigerator

Think of the top, eye-level shelf as your kitchen’s primary fuel station: Place washed, dried, and cut-up fruits and raw vegetables in airtight containers on the top shelf. Berries are perishable, so rinse only before eating. Add a few hard-boiled eggs for a quick peel-and-eat protein boost. Consume all foods here within two or three days, and replenish.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others
Every body is different. It stands to reason that everybody will lose weight differently. Even if you do the exact same things that I do, you won’t lose weight at the same rate. The key is in finding your triggers. Keep your goal in sight, and do whatever you have to do to meet that goal. When you start looking at someone else’s habits, you’re only going to become discouraged and quit without even realizing that it’s physically impossible to be anybody but yourself.

5. Don't give up when you don't see result
When you don’t see results it’s very frustrating. Stay off the scale and quit counting calories. Go by how you feel and how your clothes fit. The scale is NEVER accurate because our bodies fluctuate and different people weigh in differently. If you still don’t feel like any results are happening then don’t quit, just change what you are doing. Find out whats stopping you from staying healthy, is it the after lunch ice creams or late night soda pops? Cut them out and see if there is a change.



*All photos are copyright by Undressed Skeleton
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29 April 2012

Weight Loss Success Stories: How Criss Lost 73 Pounds Without Pills

Think you can't lose the weight?

Criss did it! She started dieting on June 16, 2010. Through old fashioned hard work and good nutrition, she has lost weight and transformed herself. Now she's 73 pounds down, healthy, happy, and becoming less of a stereotype everyday. Need inspiration and motivation to lose weight? Read on. You can read the rest of her notes in Criss Get Fit, or visit her blog Crissfit.

From chubby to slim: Criss achieve slim face after lose weight

What made you decide to lose weight?
I wanted to be at a weight considered healthy for my height, and wanted to pursue a healthier lifestyle to eliminate health concerns as I grow older. One day, I woke up and said, “Enough.” I did my research and decided when I moved two weeks later, that I would take my first serious step towards losing weight and being healthy.

What is your diet plan?
By counting calories, eating about 80% healthy/20% unhealthy food quality, not denying myself when I wanted food, and some exercise. I eat the following: fruits, veggies (especially of the raw variety!), nuts, lean chicken, extra lean ground turkey meat, lean turkey sausage, lean turkey burgers, whole grain wheat, seafood (of ALL types!), boiled eggs, peanut butter, granola, protein shakes. I basically eat a peanut butter and banana protein shake for breakfast, eat some form of grilled chicken (by itself, on a wrap, on a salad, etc), steamers veggies, and either more chicken or something else on that list in a single day. I try to aim for a balanced diet. I don’t really stress much attention to macronutrients, but I DO watch my processed sugar/carb intake. Protein I get enough naturally from the types of food I eat, but I aim for 100+ grams. I try to eat as little processed food as possible, but I’m not perfect. I aimed for a balanced, maintainable diet, which kept me sane and able to stay focused.

How much did you eat when you started?
I currently eat about 1200-1600 calories a day. When I first began my weight loss, I ate about 1400-2000 calories a day. I try to never go below 1200 unless I am legitimately sick or I have a short day and have to go to bed early (I work overnights on weekends, so my schedule can sometimes get messed up on my off days). I don’t really try to factor in calories burnt through exercise either because there’s no easy way to determine that. Most machines over-count, it’s really hard to determine calories burnt with weightlifting, and besides, how many calories you burn a day can be determined by many, many factors like your amount of muscle.
Body Transformation: Criss transforms from fat to fit


Share to us your workouts.
I lift weights and occasionally supplement it with cardio. For my cardio, I play DDR/ITG (youtube it!). I follow an upper body and lower body two-day split, 3-4 days a week, and get my cardio in on off days or through fun things like In the Groove/Dance Dance Revolution. I prefer lifting weights, though, because I get bored with cardio, and weights also give me something to constantly improve.



How long does it take to see your weight loss result?
It varied greatly. Sometimes I’d lose 2 pounds a week, sometimes only half a pound, and sometimes I’ll even gain back a pound or two. I’m not superhuman and I’m prone to relapsing and being lazy/unhealthy sometimes. I’ve gone through what I call my phases, where I basically get REALLY obsessed with fitness and number-crunching, where I’m super focused on weight loss, and will lose 10-20 pounds in a couple of months. Then I’ll gradually sink back into old habits and maintain or “plateau” for a month or two, only to repeat the phase.

Do you have any loose skin?
No, I don’t. While I had a gut, I never carried most of my weight in my stomach, and only the last couple of years did I start to even gain there. I carried the majority of my weight in my legs. Whether or not you have loose skin is entirely dependent on genetics, age, skin elasticity, how quickly you lose your weight, and how much weight/fat in that area you have to lose. I can’t answer why I was lucky enough to not have any, but I’ll just say it was a combination of being young, losing the weight not too quickly, and the fact that my waist was never that big (35-36 inches before).

Big changes: Criss do weight lifting and cardio to get in shape


Do you have any stretch marks?
I sure do! The darkest, most visible ones are the ones on the upper insides of my thighs. I’ve had them since I was about 15/16, when I quickly gained a lot of weight back after an ED I had undergone. They’re probably about as faded as they’re ever going to be, and I’m starting to accept that they’re a part of me. I also have nearly invisible marks on my thighs and very slight ones on my breasts, but you can only see it in certain lights, and only if you’re really, really looking for them. Most girls have stretch marks or end up getting them. It’s natural.

Criss' best 7 weight loss tips
1. Educate yourself on how weight loss works.
Learn the definition of BMR and how many calories you need just to live, and read up on metabolism. This is the most important thing you can learn regarding weight loss.

2. If you are losing more than 2 pounds a week, then you are losing lean muscle.
Muscles that keep your body alive. The only exception is when you first change your eating habits, you might lose a larger amount due to water weight.

3. I’m just naming random percentages here, so don’t quote me on this, but weight loss is 80% nutrition/calories/food and 20% exercise. 
In fact, I didn't exercise at all in the middle of my weight loss, and I was still losing weight. If you eat within the exact right range of calories your body needs per day (neither OVER or UNDER), cut out over-processed foods, drink lots of water, get lots of fiber, and eat fruits, veggies, and whole grains, you will see progress. Exercise aids weight loss and makes you look better, but you will have more power over your progress if you have power over your food first.

4. Eat frequently. 
I am less inclined to overeat if I eat small amounts of food and often. For example, my work lunch is packed for today already, and I have one banana, two single servings of frozen broccoli, two grilled chicken breasts, and two boiled eggs. I get a break every hour and 20 minutes for 15 minutes, and I eat something nearly every break. Before I started doing this, I would eat once at work, and then when I got home, I’d overeat because I thought I was hungrier than I really was!

5. Don’t reward yourself with unhealthy food. 
What you’re doing is creating a bad relationship with food, and you are confusing your brain. This is my biggest tip: when you tell yourself “NO CHOCOLATE, IT’S BAD FOR ME,” you want it more. You put it on a pedestal, and you think about it more and more. And when you finally cave in, you’ll binge. That’s why I don’t restrict in my diet; I moderate. I want a soft taco supreme from Taco Bell? Okay, I can have it. I’ll look up the calories online to calculate into my daily calories, and if what I eat is more than I normally eat, I go to the gym and burn them. If I’m going out with friends, I’ll fill up on something healthy like broccoli before going so I won’t overeat at the restaurant. If I’m eating something at home, I’ll eat it with a side of something healthy so again, I won’t overeat. And you know what? Now I hardly even crave unhealthy foods.
Picture It to Prove It:  Criss take lots of pictures during her weight loss journey



6. Take LOTS of pictures during your journey! 
If you are less motivated when you look at them, then take them and put them away in a folder on your computer. Wait until you’ve lost some weight and THEN go back and look. There were times when I didn’t feel like I had made much progress at all and wanted to quit, but when I would go back to my older pictures, I would see how much progress I had actually made. You might surprise yourself!

7. Find a partner! 
Losing weight was a lot easier when I had friends to do it with. Don’t have friends in person who will talk weight stuff with you? Find people online! There are loads of communities out there.

*All photos are copyright by Criss Get Fit.
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28 April 2012

Weight Loss Success Stories: Jess Lost an Amazing 60kg After Gastric Sleeve

She beat the odds, lost the weight and transform her life. At 177cm, Jess,19 weigh 150kg (330lbs). She had a Gastric Sleeve in April 2011 and has lost a total of 69.8kgs(153lbs) a year later. She shares her story in Soldiering-On.


Losing weight has remove some of Jess' extra roundness from the cheeks and jawline 

What made you decide to lose weight?
I had been considering bariatric surgery for quite some time, but wasn’t really serious until I began getting heart palpitations. They used to wake me in the middle of the night, and I was truly afraid that I was going to have a heart attack. All that fat and sugar coursing through my veins was ridiculous, no wonder my body couldn’t handle that!

Jess' body transformation

Share to us your workouts
I started Crossfit in the middle of January. It’s a strength and conditioning program, involving weights, cardio etc to give a totally rounded fitness/strength workout. It has improved my fitness out of sight!!

Can you tell us about your fitness levels when you started crossfit?
I’d only been doing walking every few days and dance once a week. So pretty much nothing. I still can’t do a chest to ground pushup. I can’t do a pullup at all. But I work towards it. Everything is scaled to what you can do.

Jess' weight loss tips
I have the MOST trouble on weekends, when the gym is closed and I’m at home. It’s hard to stay out of the fridge. That’s why I keep myself occupied all day every day out and about to stop myself from eating all the time.
Jess before weight loss
Jess after weight loss

*All photos are copyright by Soldiering-on

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27 April 2012

Weight Loss Success Stories: Mary Lost Over 80lbs and Gain Self-Confident

This is another weight loss success story from a 19 year old girl named Mary for inspiration and motivation.



Mary the author of Skinny, eh? has been heavy in her entire life. She is always wanted to lose the extra weight, but had never before found the motivation to completely change her life style. She began losing weight in the summer 2010, and now have lost over 80lbs.

What made you decide to lose weight?
December 10th 2009. I laid my eyes on the most beautiful guy in the entire world. From that point on I knew I needed to lose weight, because he was too good for a fat chick. (Now I would like to say that my turning point toward a healthier life was done solely “for myself”, but in alot of people’s opinions it wasn’t. In reality it is all for myself. I decided to lose weight so I can improve my appearance and be more confident… then maybe I can pursue a relationship with him.) At first I put the thought to rest because he was simply too good to ever date me. About a month later I talked to him as a joke, but he didn’t take it that way. He ended up being the nicest guy ever. He treated me like no guy ever had. I [very possibly] fell in love. Time flew past and I was losing weight, but slowly. June 2010 I committed to not talking to him until I was skinny. I cut off all contact. Just stopped talking to him. (We weren’t close enough that it was a huge deal and reviving our friendship eventually shouldn’t be an issue.) From the begining of the year until August I lost 30 lbs. Then I began to take shit seriously.

Before and after weight loss:
Mary just eat healthy and workout to transform herself.

What changes you made to lose weight?
I was on a very strict diet for the first few months and followed it religiously. I ate even less than the diet required and exercised twice a day (+practice). This made me drop 50 lbs between September and March. It also made my hair thin and my skin sag. I learned my lesson and will never do that to myself ever again. 

How has your life changed after losing weight?
During March I went on Spring Break to Italy and Switzerland. It changed my life. For the first time ever men wanted me. (And it’s Europe so this was magnified by a million.) I thought that I was hot shit. I ate gelato, pizza, and pasta all day every day. Somehow I managed not to gain a pound over those two weeks. But when I got back I found it hard to start dieting again due to the distorted mindset I was in. I gained about 10lbs back… June 2011, I officially started my healthy dieting. :) It feels great to know I am on my final stretch of weight loss and doing it the right way.

Share to us your diet plan. 
Just eat healthy, and work out. If you’re just beginning, track your calories. (Healthy Beautiful Blog recommended BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband Weight Management System.) That’s all there is to it. The better you eat, the more you work out, then then the skinnier you’ll get. 

Before and after weight loss photo:
Mary managed to lost 62lbs in less than a year
            

What about your workouts? 
Do some form of cardio 5 days/week. Cardio is the best way to burn fat. It’ll help make you lean.



How long does it take to see your weight loss result?
It depends. When I was intensely dieting I saw big physical changes after two weeks. (Like probably a pant size or two, but I was intensely dieting and exercising.) Now that I am dieting less intensely, and working out a lot more just to tone, I’ll feel more fit within a couple days, but I don’t see any major shaping changes for like a month.

Mary's 10 Best Weight Loss Tips

1. Discipline
I have tried every diet there is. But it doesn’t matter what diet you follow. You lose weight through discipline

2. Plan your daily intake ahead of time
It will help you from going over your daily limits.

3. Pack food with you when you’re away from home
Eating out is tricky. This helps reassure that you have healthy options and won’t be forced to eat high-caloric restaurant food.

4. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times
You will mindlessly drink more than you realize. Which helps flush out toxins, and keeps you full.

5. Stick to the outside isles when grocery shopping
Eat fresh! 

6. Buy goal-sized clothing for motivation
Try it on every once in awhile. It’ll feel really satisfactory when it’s getting closer and closer to fitting.

7. Finish eating in the early evening
That way everything is digested before you go to bed.

8. Never eat in front of the computer or TV
This will lead to mindless eating and you will consume more than you realize. It’ll also leave you less satisfied if you aren’t paying attention to what you’re eating.

9.Use an online calorie counting site
(I use livestrong.com). And be obsessive about it.

10. Maximize your protein intake
It’ll keep you from losing muscle.

* All photos are copyright by Mary, Skinny, eh?
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26 April 2012

Weight Loss Success Stories: Ruby Lost More Than 10kg on a Healthy Diet

I like to read weight loss success stories to motivate and inspire me along my journey to lose weight. They are real people who has lose weight. As I read their weight loss success story, I know that if they can, I can too!



I found Ruby weight loss' blog The Skinny and wanted to share her story here to inspire myself and everyone who are in the same mission to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. The 5'5" girl write in her blog that she didn't lose weight fast. It was very gradual and healthy.

Inspiring weight loss: Ruby's before and after photo
Before: 174 lbs (78.9 kg)

After: 134 lbs (60.8 kg)

Ruby's Diet Plan
I don’t follow a diet. I do have certain foods I try to eat and foods I try to avoid, but I don’t have a set meal plan or a daily allowance of calories. If I had to guess, I’d say my daily intake falls in the 1200-1800 range. 

How to get rid of loose skin after weight loss 
Although I lost a fair amount of weight, I lost it very gradually. This gave my skin time to change too. Skin is elastic, and just as it can stretch when you gain weight, it can tighten back up when you lose weight. I also take a multivitamin that contain collagen, which helps with skin elasticity. And actually, my skin is probably looser than it would be if I had been this weight my whole life. If you pinch a bit and pull, it does come away from my body more than it did when I was heavy, but it doesn't “sag.”

How to deal with stretch marks 
I don’t have any magical formula for how to get rid of them, but I would think that using moisturizer (Healthy Beautiful Blog recommended Premium Stretch Mark Cream) and taking collagen (Try NeoCell Super Collagen- HBB) or hyaluronic acid as a supplement would help. Also, my father used Mederma cream on his scar from having quadruple bipass surgery and it completely disappeared! 
(Of course that was a scar, not a stretch mark, and it was a fresh scar, so that might make a difference.)

Before and after weight loss photo:
Ruby said about her weight loss, it was very gradual and healthy.

How to lose weight on specific area, eg. tummy, butt, thigh? 
Unfortunately there is no such thing as “spot reduction.” Exercises can help to build muscle in a specific area making that area appear tighter and more toned, but they can’t help burn fat in a specific area. When your body needs energy and it decides to burn fat, it will decide where it takes that fat from, not you. So even if you’re doing a thousand leg lifts a day, your body might decide to burn the fat in your boobs. Yeah, it sucks, but that’s how it is.

So if you have a problem area, the only thing you can do is continue to lose weight (in a healthy way!) until your body decides to start burning fat in that area. This isn’t to say that toning exercises are a waste of time, though. Adding muscle to your body actually increases your metabolism, causing you to burn more fat throughout the day. And doing muscle building exercises will help to make your body appear toned and in shape as well.

*All photos are copyright by Ruby, The Skinny

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25 April 2012

Weight Loss Recipe: Gazpacho Recipe for Fast Weight Loss

When I am on diet, I always try to keep my diet clean. It's tempting to eat when you get bored, so planning a meal ahead is very helpful, not just for your tummy but your wallet as well. I found this recipe while watching an episode of Selera at TV3.
Chef Rose show to the audience how to make Gazpacho
Tomato gazpacho is ready to serve. Image by Selera TV3 Facebook

Gazpacho is a classic Spanish cold tomato soup. It is usually served on hot summer days. This recipe is very easy one, anyone can make it and the ingredients are not difficult to find. Make sure you only use the freshest, highest quality ingredients for this soup. According to Chef Rose Weiss, the host of Selera, Gazpacho can be store in a jar and kept in refrigerator for a week. This soup is suitable for people who are trying to lose weight. Just replace your regular dinner with a bowl of gazpacho. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

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Gazpacho Recipe



INGREDIENTS:
  • 6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 purple onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper (or green) seeded and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 25ml apple cider vinegar
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 6 or more drops of Tabasco sauce to taste - skip if you don't want your gazpacho to be hot
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (omit for vegetarian option)
  • 4 cups tomato juice or tomato puree


METHOD:

Put everything in a blender and pulse it a few times till everything is combined. Taste and adjust the flavors. Blend a little more if you like your gazpacho smooth and creamy. Chill in the fridge before serve.
watermelon gazpacho by lovefoodeat.com 
Try the same recipe with just watermelon for a watermelon gazpacho.


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24 April 2012

Week 2 - Weigh In Day: 50 Motivational Quotes for Weight Loss

Yippee!

I had been down on 0.5kg yesterday. I was 69.5kg last week and I am glad to be 69kg this week, though that was not my targeted goal this week.


After an unhealthy week, I decided to do a detox and go on a 3 day water fast this week. But I fall off with my plan to start water fast today, instead I have egg mayonnaise sandwiches for lunch and another egg mayonnaise sandwiches for dinner. That could be around 250 to 350 calories? According to Australian Lifestyle & Fitness, I must run for 29 min, walk for 83 min, swim for 36 min, cycle for 36 min, aerobics for 49 min, a 36 min tennis and 59 mins lifting weights to get rid the calorie consumed. But today I am in low motivation period, so I call today an off-day workout.

Sometimes we feel lack of motivation to continue with our diet and exercise. Practicing positive self affirmation can give us a very welcome boost to our motivation to lose weight. Here are 50 famous motivational quotes you can use as self affirmation to increase and keep your motivation to lose weight.

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1. “A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.” ~Unknown

2. “In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.” ~Unknown

3. “Nothing will work unless you do.” ~Maya Angelou

4. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” ~Margaret Thatcher

5. “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” ~Unknown

6. "If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner." ~Henry Sambrooke Leigh

7. “Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” ~English Proverb

8. “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~Mohandas Gandhi

9. "If you want to look young and thin, hang around old fat people." ~Jim Eason

10. "Never, never, never, never give up." ~Winston Churchill

11. "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

12. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” ~Calvin Coolidge

13.  "The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something." ~Carl Sandburg

14. "Rule your mind or it will rule you." ~Horace

15. "You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." ~David Viscott

16. "The rest of the world lives to eat, while I eat to live." ~Socrates
 
17. "The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life." ~Cyril Connolly

18. "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." ~Jim Rohn

19. "Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand." ~Emily Kimbrough

20. "Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time." ~Mark Twain

21. "A year from now, you may wish you had started today." ~Robert Schuller

22. “There are only 2 choices; make progress or make excuses.” ~Ellen Mikesell

23. "Whatever will satisfy hunger is good food." ~Chinese Proverb

24. "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." ~Anatole France

25. "Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can." ~unknown

26. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go..." ~T.S. Eliot

27. "There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps." ~Peter A. Cohen

28. "You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there." ~Anonymous

29. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.” ~Jackson Brown Jr.

30. "Clear your mind of can't." ~Dr. Samuel Johnson

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32. "You can do more. You can always do more." ~Dan Marino

33. "We never repent of having eaten too little." ~Thomas Jefferson

34. "I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come." ~Michael Jordan

35. "After dinner, rest awhile, after supper, walk a mile." ~Arabic Proverb

36. "I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything." ~Michael Phelps

37. "A diet is when you watch what you eat and wish you could eat what you watch." ~Hermione Gingold

38. "Complaining will not change things in your life; only action will. Make a list of all you need to do to change what doesn't work in your life and, little by little, begin making those changes." ~Susan Jeffers

39. "Winners feel like winners, Losers feel like losers. How do you feel?" ~Unknown

40. "Fall seven times, stand up eight times." ~Japanese Proverb

41. "Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window … but coaxed downstairs a step at a time." ~Mark Twain

42. "Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go." ~H. Johnson

43. "Exercise should be fun, otherwise, you won't be consistent." ~Laura Ramirez

44. "Eat less, taste more." ~Chinese Proverb

45. "The more effort you put into something, the more you get in return." ~D. Rivera

46. "There is nothing impossible to him who will try." ~Alexander the Great

47. "Think happy thoughts and you can fly!" ~Peter Pan

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49. "The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time." ~Joe Girard
The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.

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19 April 2012

Week 1 on Vegetarian Diet: 6 Free Online Calorie Tracker and Apps

Do you pay attention to what you eat today? Keeping a food diary will help you track your food habit and doubles your weight loss.

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I am not being unhealthy today. I mean, the foods I take today is not include in my Vegetarian Diet plan because I haven't made groceries shopping yet. I have one cup of unsweetened soy milk, 1 small plate of Chinese fried noodle and boiled sweet potato for breakfast cum lunch today. Chinese fried noodle is about 350-450 calorie because noodles is a type of starch and starch has high calories and since its fried, there would be even more calories that come from oil. It is approximately 76 calories in 100g portion of boiled sweet potato. One cup of unsweetened, plain soy milk contains about 90 calories.

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At this update, I have consume a total of 716 calorie. See, I'm a kind of person who doesn't like counting calories. But when I make a rough estimate like this, I realize that counting calories really helps me to control my food intake, ensuring me to not eat more calories than necessary. If you are not a pen-and-paper type of person, you can choose to effectively count calories with your smartphone. You can count calories without doing any calculation.

 Built Lean has a list of Best Free Online Calorie Tracker and App. Check it out!

1.  Livestrong
The power of Livestrong’s calorie tracker is in its database of foods and restaurant items, which is an impressive 165K+ items thanks to Livestrong’s partnership with TheDailyPlate.com. This compares to the USDA food database of a paltry 6K. The database has nutrition info not only for a bunch of foods, but for the particular brand of a given food, which has been verified by the companies that make the brands. For example, if you just had a bowl of Kashi Go Lean cereal, Livestrong has that particular cereal in its database verified by Kashi. There’s also a Livestrong Iphone, Blackberry, and Android app for $2.99 so you can track your foods on the go.

2. SparkPeople
They provide calorie counter & meal plans, fitness program, motivation, articles and recipes that you need to reach your weight loss goals.

3. DailyBurn
DailyBurn recommend you a very simple meals that are easy to make and enjoy. There are weekly challenges to help you focus and create healthy habits, the good thing is you can earn awards too. You just show up to DailyBurn, and IntelliBurn™ helps you know what workout is best for you that day. This tool also has a cool separate food scanner app where you can add foods you eat by scanning the bar code. Absolutely free.

4. FitDay
FitDay is another free online diet journal and calorie tracker. A comprehensive set of reports lets you access and analyze personal stats. For example review your body fat percent, blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol.

You can also customized goals and track your progress accordingly. For example track water intake, miles cycled, or how many days you’ve gone without a soda.


5. my-calorie-counter
My Calorie Counter can help you track how many calories you've burned, how many calories there are in your diet, and the number of calories in the food you eat. There are tools such as a calorie counter and charts showing how many calories in a certain food, along with a calorie chart and a journal that acts as your own personal food diary.

6. LoseIt!
It is the easiest app to use and makes you love your iphone/ipod touch even more. The food database is robust, and there are never any wasted steps to input your foods and track your calories. Did I mention it’s free? This is a killer app for calorie tracking so if you have an iphone, I would strongly recommend getting this app. Loseit! does have a website that funnels the information you track so you can easily analyze it, but you can’t add food items etc. on the website (it’s read only).

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What about you? Do you use any weight loss apps to support and motivate you to stay on track? What apps do you use or what online weight loss community you sign up to? Tell me about it. Till then, have a great day!
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