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  1. Try taking collagen as a supplement. You can get it as a powder that you add to beverages, or as caps/tabs. It helps improve skin elasticity, as well as being good for joints, hair, and nails. Nourishing vitamins (A, D, and E mostly) taken internally and rubbed on externally can help too. Gelatin can also help. There are a number of skin-tightening lotions and creams that might help as well.
  2. This maybe isn't necessarily women's only (If a dude wants to belly dance, more power to him!) but I figure it's more likely that the ladies of NF would have info about this. I took belly dancing classes for a summer about 5 years ago. The person I was taking lessons from had a studio in her garage and is a professional belly dancer, etc. It was tons of fun and I really enjoyed it, but it was on the expensive side and she shut down for the winter to lessons, so life and finances got in the way and I stopped. I thought it was great exercise and tons of fun and I've been listening to Beats Antique recently and really want to try it again, but I think I'd rather just do it at home. Does anyone know if any youtube instructional videos, or DVD's I can buy that are good beginner bellydance classes? I'm willing to invest some money into this, just not $50 a week. thanks!
  3. I had a goal to lose 1.5lbs a week for this year. That's what I have to lose to reach my goal of losing 80lbs by the end of the year, so it's frustrating to stall. I knew it would happen, and I know there's a reasonable chance I won't meet my goal by the end of the year, and that's fine, so long as I'm making progress. I started keto because it seemed like an easier way to lose weight without feeling deprived or hungry all the time. At this rate though, I feel like it doesn't matter what I eat so long as I count calories. I lost 40lbs on a low fat conventional "healthy" diet just by counting calories and exercising. I was hungry all the time, but it worked. I'm just not sure how much to eat anymore. I used MFP back when I lost 40lbs before and I know that I put in sedentary and did not eat back exercise calories. I DID exercise, like 20-30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week, but otherwise I was going to school at the time and I was sedentary the rest of the time. Now I have a lot more incidental movement with my job and yard work on the weekends, but I'm not really working out intentionally (though I plan to start doing that more soon). I only eat about 80g protein because I'm not an athlete and excess protein is converted to carbs and can knock you out of ketosis. Women only really need 50-75g protein a day unless they are very active/building muscle. Even when I was paleo and set my macros to have like 145g protein, I never hit that goal and was usually closer to 100g.
  4. I don't work in a retail pharmacy, we do a lot of bubble packing for facilities. I'm moving pretty much constantly and get 10,000+ steps a day according to my fitbit.
  5. Went back into MFP and re-calculated my BMR and found that I had set it to lightly active (standing all day) so I switched it to sedentary and it dropped my calories to 1580. But if my fitbit is to be believed, I'm burning between 2700 calories per day on weekends, and 3200 calories on weekdays... 1580 just seems really low... Should I keep it set to that, but eat more based on my fitbit's exercise adjustment? At 1850 calories between 2 meals, I'm not hungry. Like I get hungry before meals, but the meals are plenty satiating and plenty of food and keep me full 5-6 hours. I just don't want to kill my metabolism by starving myself.
  6. I started Keto on 1/8/18. At first it was great, I felt good, never got Keto flu, was losing weight pretty consistently. These last few weeks I feel like my weight loss has stalled and I'm tired all the time, can barely roll out of bed in time to get ready for work even when I go to bed early and set my alarm early with the intention of getting up to exercise. I have been trying to fill 2 new raised beds in my garden with dirt, and last year getting and unloading 2 or 3 loads in a single day wasn't a big deal. I'd be tired, but I could do it (I did do it last year). This year I got 1 load and was shoveling the dirt out into the bed and had to rest often, and by the time I was done with just 1 truckload I was just beat. I was sore for 3 days after as well. I ended up having to get 1 load of dirt each weekend (still have 1 more to get) because I was just too tired to do more. I started Intermittent fasting about 2 weeks ago (16/8-skipping breakfast) but found that if I just drank water in the AM until noon, I was SUPER low energy, got really hungry/hangry and was just miserable. However, if I drank my coffee through the morning (I make a 24oz. iced cold brew with sugar free Toriani syrup and 2tbs. heavy whipping cream) I felt great and wasn't hungry and had no problem making it to noon. But the 100-ish calories from the cream would technically break fast. Here are my stats: Female, 32 5'11" Starting weight: 260.6lbs Current weight: 234.6lbs Goal weight: 180lbs by the end of the year (will re-evaluate once I reach this, will probably want to lose more) Body Fat: 43% Calories: 1850 Macros: 5% carbs (<25g net carbs) 20% protein, 75% fat Workouts: No intentional exercise (would like to change that - see the part about no energy tho) but I'm a pharmacy technician and spend 8 hours a day on my feet walking around the pharmacy pulling and putting away drugs. On weekends I do grocery shopping, housework, and work in the garden planting veggies, pulling weeds, and also currently building trellises and potato boxes. I seem to be at my lowest weight for the week on sundays, occasionally I drop a little more on mondays (yes I know it's not good to weigh daily, but I just look at it as data) and then I jump back up 2-3lbs during the week, then drop part of it on saturday and the rest on sunday plus some more. It's been like that almost since I started. These past few weeks I just seem to be gaining and losing the same 2-3lbs and not dropping any lower. I have a fitbit that tells me I burn about 3000 calories on weekdays because I have a job where I am on my feet and walking around all day, and if that's the case maybe I'm not eating enough during the week? The fitbit is linked to MFP, my preferred calorie tracking app and it tries to add calories to my daily total to account for exercise, but I never eat more because of exercise. The last time I lost a significant amount of weight I learned that I couldn't eat back calories that I exercised because it would stall me, but with keto it may be different? So I guess my questions are: How do I break through this plateau? Why am I so tired all the time on keto? Do I need to try carb cycling or add a re-feed day? If I add carb cycling or a re-feed day, what would my calories and macros look like? Thanks for reading my super long post and for any suggestions you smart people might have!
  7. Because I believe humans have evolved/were designed to be omnivores, and because even ethically speaking, there are alternatives. I buy a half a cow every year from a local farmer who raises 100% grass fed and finished cows on beautiful pasture where they can be happy, healthy cows. Wild-caught fish, pastured chickens and pigs, wild game, etc. There are alternatives. I don't believe it's ethically wrong to kill and consume an animal. I think it's ethically wrong to abuse them by depriving them of sunlight, space to move, and the ability to perform natural behaviors and social interaction due to overcrowding and stress, and also feeding them an unnatural diet.
  8. Late to the challenge, but I'm basically just carrying over my last challenge again, since basically all of my goals are longer-term ones. Quest 1: Lose 6lbs a month for 2018. I've already lost 18.8lbs in the 1 week whole30 and 6 weeks keto, so I'm ahead of the game. 6lbs a month would equal over 80lbs by the end of the year, and it's less than 1.5lbs a week - totally doable. Keep sticking to keto, tracking my macros and calories in MFP Add in some bodyweight workouts inside while the weather is garbage (squats, lunges, kettlebell swings, pushups on the kitchen counter because I'm weak and can't do real pushups) Quest 2: Keep the house clean I want to be one of those people who cleans as they go, who doesn't just dump things on whatever horizontal surface is closest at the moment and actually puts stuff where it goes. Going to wash dishes nightly after dinner Each weekend I will pick a different part of the house to focus on and get completely clean and organized, then I will endeavor to keep it that way. Quest 3: Get out of debt This one got a big boost during the last challenge when I did a balance transfer from a high interest credit card to my credit union credit card with 0%apr for 18 months. I just have to make my monthly payment on time.
  9. Vian

    For real this time

    Oh, and as for washing the dishes daily, I still haven't gotten to quite daily, but I am washing them way more often than I was, about every other day, which seems to work out pretty well actually.
  10. Vian

    For real this time

    Electrolytes and salt are more for the Keto flu, which i haven't had. I also salt my food generously, lol. For muscle cramps, magnesium and potassium are more effective, and like I said, I've been prone to them my whole life, so no big deal. A few years ago I went through a bout with a chicken pox-like virus and had to take a round of prednisone, and after that I was having lots of anxiety and heart palpitations. I started taking magnesium and that helped some, but when I added potassium the palpitations went away. I just need to up my dose a little. Coconut water is definitely too high in carbs, but I do love it. I love that quote too. I originally found it in a book we read for a women's bible study group I was in, but I can't remember the name of it. I've held onto it ever since.
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    For real this time

    Sorry, I've been terrible at updating this! Work has been super busy! I'm doing great though. I've lost almost 14 pounds since 12/31 and no sign of keto flu or anything like that. Occasional muscle cramps, but I've been prone to those my whole life and have been supplementing mag and potassium for years, so I just take a little extra when I start getting muscle cramps. I am loving keto so far. I don't feel deprived at all and all my coworkers are doing a "biggest loser" challenge and basically starving themselves and hungry and miserable, and I'm over here eating fathead pizza and salads with real full-fat dressing and cheese and coffee with heavy cream in it. They all can't believe I'm losing weight eating the way I am! Have not been working out as I wanted to though, but I'm not that mad about it. I don't mind if I wait on that until the weather warms up. As for my financial goal, that just got a whole lot easier! I randomly opened a piece of mail from my credit union that had been lying on my coffee table for like 2 weeks instead of just throwing it away (didn't look like a statement or anything important) and turns out it was a balance transfer offer. It contained these special checks that I can fill out to transfer the balance of a high interest credit card over to my CU credit card with 0% APR for 18 months and only a 3% transfer fee. SO I'm totally taking advantage of that! It will make it much easier to pay down that credit card when half of every payment isn't eaten up by interest charges!
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    For real this time

    Cold is mostly done. Still coughing a little, but feel back to myself. I started Keto on monday, so today was day 5. So far it is easier and harder than I thought. Getting macros just right is a bit hard. I find myself inputting my food into MFP the day before to get my macros right, then eating what I planned out. It's easier in that I haven't had any cravings and I'm only hungry right before my next meal. I also haven't had many negative effects - a little irritable today, but that could entierly be because something at work frayed my last nerve. No temptation to cheat, no keto flu (yet). I have been getting some muscle cramps, but some extra magnesium and potassium should fix that.
  13. Vian

    For real this time

    Thanks...I'm still battling an epic cold right now, so haven't really gotten started. I stuck to my Whole30 until thursday and then got Pho (sugar in the broth and rice noodles) and enjoyed every bite because there's nothing better than Pho when you're sick. Not really going to worry too much about diet and exercise until I'm well again... *sigh*
  14. It's been a long time since I joined a challenge. I'm sick, so not feeling too creative and clever right now, but I'd still like to join. I actually started on 12/31 Quest: Lose 80lbs (by the end of the year) Started 12/31 on The Whole30 and transitioning to Ketogenic diet on 1/6 while still following Whole30 rules as well Do Bodyweight workouts 3x per week and Turbofire cardio workouts 3x per week (saturdays off). This one might have to wait until next week - I am very sick right now. Quest: Keep the house clean! Do dishes daily Quest: Pay down CC debt Focusing on one CC with the highest balance and interest rate first. Pay $100 extra per month.
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    Calories and keto

    My goal is weight loss. Ive got my main health issues under control right now, but my weight is not. She says to make sure to eat less than 30g carbs and less than 50-75g protein and dont worry about the fat as much (basically eat fat until you arent hungry after that) because so long as carbs and protein are at or under those numbers you will be in ketosis. If your calories are at a deficit, thats good because then your body will use stored bodyfat for energy. I think at first i will shoot more for 1800-ish calories, which i think is more reasonable for someone my size and if i get to a point where i just cant eat that much anymore, i wont worry about it. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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