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I posted a bunch of my cycles, but they came out in several posts. I'm new here so I didn't intend to do that and if I could delete them and start over I would, but....I can't.
I'm a newbie....I just purchased the FL4I program online last night.
I've been searching and doing research on diets, calorie counting etc...
So, after a couple week search/research, I came across the Fat Loss 4 Idiots. (Does that make me an idiot?)
I have "Yo-Yoed" all my life.
In June of 2002 I weighed 360 lbs
January 2005 I weighed 280 lbs
June 2006 I weighed 235 lbs
December 2006 I weighed 204 lbs and kept it there until February of 2008 when my 24 yr old son Arthur was found dead.
On September 8, 2009, I had a heart attack...shortly after turning 45. I weighed in at 270 lbs
Since the heart attack I've lost about 50 lbs....last time I checked.
I was on a ton of pain meds for several years due to chronic pain. My doc prescribed cymbalta...and it helped, but I couldn't sleep. Then I got sick....Come to find out you don't mix tramadol and cymbalta not to mention the hydrocodone and muscle relaxers I was on.
For over three years - Tramadol hcl 50mg tab -- up to 8 a day.
For a year -Zanaflex maybe 3 a day
For a couple years -Hydrocodone-Ibuporf 7.5 mg normally 4 a day but sometimes more.
May 16, 20011 - June 8, 2011 - Cymbalta 60mg Delayed Release caps
Well almost 11 days ago I quit them all "Cold Turkey".
Boy was that a nightmare not to mention stupid...it could have killed me. But I went through some #%@&! and tomorrow I will be pill free for 11 days.
I was on a two meal a day diet and lost 11 lbs in less than a week prior to quitting the poison.
Had an anniversary weekend get away and also bought a new digital scale that tracks a bunch of stuff..."Healthometer Professional Body Fat Scale". Well with all that..the outing and change of scale it was up 20 lbs.
I decided it's time for a change...I'm done starving myself and not eating the right balance of foods and after a bunch of research ...I'm going to do this FL4I.
No more pills ....no more starving....no more guessing. It is time for Rachelle to get HEALTHY!
I've got several trackers set up on Medhelp and a little support there.
When I had my heart attack, I had to have an angioplasty with some stents put in and some opening of other arteries done. My cardio doc said as far as exercise goes to walk 30 mins a day. Ha ha...I bought a good treadmill, used it a few times and it became dusty.
I've been back on my treadmill and use it daily for 30 mins now, and that really helps me deal with the pain since I am no longer on any pain killers.
Like I said, I'm starting this Monday, June 27, 2011. I have my first 11 days of meals printed out and am making a shopping list/going shopping to get prepared.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Cycle 1: Monday, June 27, 2011 – July 07, 2011
For Rachelle on her Weight Loss Journey
Age: Almost 47 yrs old
Height: 5’ 8” or 68”
My “ideal” weight for my large frame is 154, but my goal weight is 150
Starting Weight: Monday, June 27, 2011: 226.8
I didn't eat all the foods I had the option to and I didn't feel hungry all day. I found myself thinking..."Is it already time to eat again?"
I consumed 1,905 calories today, however, calories and exercise are not to be counted on this program.
Day # 2 Cycle 1
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Today was day 2 (Fruit day)...It all started out good until after my 2nd meal. Then the bad hunger set in along with a headache.
I doubt I'll ever eat my sandwich first thing on fruit day again.
The tomato soup suggested helped me with the rest of the evening.
Exercised on treadmill...walked 1.3 miles
Drank 84 fl oz of water
(starting weight) Day 1 Weigh in was 226.8 lbs
Day 2 I weighed in at 223.4 lbs
Loss 3.4 lbs
Day # 3 Cycle 1 Wednesday, June 29, 2011
It was a good day all and all.
I walked again (3rd day in a row) on the treadmill for 30 minutes at 2.7 mph.
All my meals went well except the last one. We had a tire on a trailer problem and got stuck on the highway for a while and I didn't feel like eating after 10pm.
06/27/11 - Starting weight:226.8 lbs
06/28/11 - Weight: 223.4 lbs
06/29/11 - Weight: 220 lbs
Lost:Another 3.4 lbs
Total Loss for two days: 6.8 lbs
(starting weight) Day 1- 06/27/11 Weigh in was 226.8 lbs
Day 2 - 06/28/11 I weighed in at 223.4 lbs
Day 3 06/29/11 I weighed in at 220 lbs
another 3.4 lb loss
Day 4 06/30/11 I weighed in at 219.4
Loss of .06 lbs
Total for diet is 7.4 lbs.
(starting weight) Day 1- Cycle 1 FL4I :06/27/11 Weigh in was 226.8 lbs
Day 2 1- Cycle 1 FL4I :06/28/11 I weighed in at 223.4 lbs
Day 3 - Cycle 1 FL4I : 06/29/11 I weighed in at 220 lbs
another 3.4 lb loss
Day 4 - Cycle 1 FL4I : 06/30/11 I weighed in at 219.4
Loss of .06 lbs
Day 5- Cycle 1 FL4I : 07/01/11 I weighed in at 218.6
Loss of 1 lb
Day 6- Cycle 1 FL4I: 07/02/11 I weighed in at 216.4
Total for diet is :10.4 lbs.
WOW!! WOW!!! WOW!!!
TALK ABOUT DIETING FOR 5 DAYS AND BEING MOTIVATED!
DID I SAY WOW?
I've been walking on my treadmill 30 minutes a day now too. I got the treadmill shortly after my heart attack since my cardio doctor said I could only do 30 mins of exercise, but only used it a few times until recently...now it's part of my daily list of things to do.
I take the following supplements (keep in mind I had a heart attack 09/08/09 and recently came off of a ton of pain meds after being on them for years.
I take Per Day:
1000 mg of Vitamin C
Flaxseed Oil 1000 mg 3 times a day
Vitamin E 1000 I.U.
MegaRed 100% Pure Omega-3 Krill Oil 300 mg
One A Day Women's Active Metabolism
FL4I doesn't require any supplements, but after having Serotonin syndrome, Flukes and going through mega withdrawls coming off all those pain killers within the past 40 days (at 3 weeks for the Serotonin syndrome and quitting all my pain meds), I really needed some good stuff going through my system.
I drink about 84 fl oz of water daily
I eat my meals about 3 hours apart
I only eat until I'm satisified and many times when it's time to eat I'm not very hungry, but try to get in all 4 meals a day.
Well i gave myself a scare, i fell asleep after coming home from work about 9 am, woke up at noon to go to the bathroom and weighed myself and it said i gained 2 lbs, then i thought how did i gain 2 lbs. So i laid back down and got up an hour later to pee again and weighed myself again and i was at the weight that i was yesterday. So i think i am gonna have to shift my days. Instead of starting my day at 4 am, then eating at 8 am sleep then eat at 630 pm. I am gonna have the to eat the first meal of the day at 630 pm, 1030 pm, 4 am and 8 am, so i will get my four meals in, and then sleep so i am not spliting my day up around my sleep. So i am going to wait and eat at 630 pm and not weigh myself until then. It is now 130 pm and i cant sleep
hi you all....my name is fariha and im a newbie here and in this diet....ive found it really motivational and inspiring..not to mention effective...im 29 years old and weighed 174lbs when i started the diet 3 days ago. today im 169.8 lbs. my weight have always been fluctuated between 160-185 lbs...ive always been chubby and called fat...although i was pretty healthy otherwise. and active. when i got married back in 2007 i weighed 70 kgs(154lbs) but gained alot over the years. im a housewife and waiting to b a parent, my weight has always been the greatest hindrance in my way.i've tried weight watchers, southbeach, atkins, cabbage soup, cereal diet and numerous others, although i lost weight, but i gained back as soon as im finished with them. so it took a lot of time to figure out that iwasnt eating healthy and dieting healthily. im desperate now and FL4I is my only hope...im not a big fan of exercising, but i walk almost every day. and also from today im starting Zumba...hope to see faster results after that. my progress so far....
using the link bebe posted, this is body fat calculations when i started this journey...
Body Fat: 47.86 %
Fat Weight: 83.3 pounds
Lean Weight: 90.7 pounds
hmmm not a pretty sight....well let see wat would change after completing cycle 1...:)
so far i've lost 4.2lbs...and i'll post my progress after completing the cycle.
i've found the diet fairly easy...im not craving much...just something salty sumtimes...but overall im pretty focused. the only thing i've changed so far is eating tilapia instead of flounder...and im pan searing it not broiling it as recommended....also, i didnt like eating beef without anything else, so im just skipping it. my meals call for a lot of eggs and im not sure how much should i eat per day...currently im eating 2-3 /day...i've searched the web, and so far i got mixed views on egg consumption. im trying to limit it 2/day...
Also, drinking 80oz of water is too much for me...coz i dont feel thirsty much...but i've been drinking 8 glasses (64oz) and drinking 2 cups of green tea /day...i hope its fine..:-/...
also, any tips to withstand the "veggie day" would b appreciated..:))
thanx for the forum and all the inspiration...cheers to the weightloss and being healthy...:))
There are a few of us here who have found that doing two "Fruit Days" worked instead of doing a Veggie Day" . Also on Fruit day it helps me to use tomato soup as a meal and I've done well with that. I've been off FL4I for over a month and will be starting back on it on Monday. I had done pretty well not gaining weight until this past stressful week, so now I'm sure I've gained and I plan on getting some ice cream to enjoy before I start on Monday.
Best of luck to you on FL4I....please keep us posted...and I apologize for not responding sooner...I've been in the process of moving and remodeling ....dealing with a lost dog and other things, but I should be checking in more often after Monday. Finally I'll have some cable internet...It's been almost a year without it due to living out in the country where they didn't have high speed internet...so I've been using my blackberry phone to get internet on my laptop and pc.
thank you so much for the reply..:)
yea im losing weight steadily, its a slow process for me but its happening every day...my first cycle was not good, though i lost about 4 lb. but i didn't do it as per instructions. we spend our weekends with family, and its rare that we r home on weekends, so its really difficult for me to do complete 11 day cycle. we usually eat out on weekends. do you have any suggestion on that??? this is the rare weekend that we are at home, so im hoping for completing my full 11 days cycle, so far so good..:)...currently im 166 lb. and im also exercising some days. would u plz tell me that can i use pre-made tomato soup???(as im not a good cook)...i know FL4I calls for home prepared meals, and i prepare my own meals but i would like to try tomato soup as well, and honestly ive never tasted it before..:))...and think i'll mix veggie and fruits on vegie day..will see if its gonna work for me or not..:)..
thanx for ur input as well...and best of luck for ur next cycle.....takecare
Hi there, congrats on losing weight daily...it beats gaining!
The only suggestion I can give for those days when you find it hard to stick to FL4I, is to try to stay away from bread and sugars as much as you can, and try to follow the biggest thing "Only eat until satisified".
I'm not currently on FL4I, but I am losing weight daily by only eating until I'm satisified and eating smaller portions.
As far as the tomato soup goes....I've been using pre-made canned soup...I like mine a little thicker, so I only add about 3/4 can of water to the can of soup.
I would say, just take some of the basic rules of the diet and use those when you aren't on the diet.
If you can't handle fruit and veggie days, maybe try day 4's menu on those days...or any of them and see how it works for you.
I'm a pretty pickey eater and have also had a heart attack, so with me choosing eggs, bacon and cheese to name a few...I feel like those aren't good for my heart, so that is why I've decided not to do FL4I exactly as laid out.
I haven't tried it yet, but I've considered trying healthier protiens and subsituting the healthier ones for the choices that FL4I offers. When I do try that, I'll let you know how it worked.
I have my neices wedding to go to this Saturday, so I think I may wait for a couple weeks...make a shopping list and go through my 11 day menu and replace those not so healthy food choices.
I know FL4I works, but I do agree...when you aren't at home, it is very difficult to stick to.
Good luck to you and if you figure anything out and it works for you please be sure to come back and share it with the rest of us "idiots". LOL
Take care too!
i just saw this post...thanks for replying..:)...i havnt lost much this cycle i dont know why...there was only one day that i actually cheated...i ate a chocolate lava muffin and about 1/4 cup of rice with shrimps(that dish was supposed to b under 550 cal)...my husband took out for dinner and it was my 7th day of cycle 2. after that i just gained 2 lbs...today i weighed 165.6 lbs and lost about an inch all over my body excpt chest area... my cheat days begins today...im terrified how much im gonna gain after these...:((..it makes me think, how im gonna manage my weight after losing....well that time is faaar faaar away.....hope u'll enjoy the wedding day...:)
I hope that helped answer your question that you posted on my journal entry.
Remember, and don't beat yourself up over a gain of a couple pounds. Us women with our hormones tend to go up and down in weight because of that.
Again, I'm not doing anything "special" to lose weight right now, other than eating enough to fuel my body....staying away from breads, although I still have some, but for example..when we recently went out to eat...I ordered a burger with fries and ate a few bites of my burger with the bun, then I pulled the bread off and just ate the burger...and yes I ate some fries, but I didn't even eat half of what was put on my plate...so I did get to enjoy what I ate, but didn't eat it all.
In the mornings I've been drinking a full glass of whole milk and sometimes I've fixed a natural peanut butter & jelly sandwich to go with my milk...it's filling and seems to keep me satisified and feeling nurished for part of the day.
The past few days, for dinner, I've had a small steak, with mixed veggies, a little bit of mac & cheese and a small baked potato.
I've stayed away from sweets (which is one of my big downfalls)...so far it's working for me.
I just tell myself everytime I eat "Don't over-eat Rachelle....what you put in your mouth will come back to haunt you on the scale, and what's more important?...stuffing your face or seeing a lower number on the scale?"
See...when I'm dieting I'm a scale junkie, but when I'm not, I seem to avoid the scale and I've decided that it's more important to weigh in when I'm not on a diet than it is to weigh in when I am. I think it gives me an idea of the possible damage I caused myself by over-eating, or by my choices I ate and keeps me accountable for the choices I made.
It's very easy for me to eat a half gallon of ice cream in 2 days...I enjoy eating it, but if I knew I was going to have to face the damage on the scale, it makes me think twice and make a better decision.
Like you....worrying about the weight I gain on my 3 choice days, made me doubt I could ever maintain my weight when I wasn't dieting... On my first cycle of FL4I, I gained a lot of weight on my 3 choice days....that was because I didn't control what or how much I put in my mouth.
You can do it, you just have to make that choice to daily watch what and how much you eat and know that if you eat the wrong stuff or too much stuff that it will show up on your scale and you also have to decide for yourself if what you are eating is as important as seeing a loss.
Best of luck to you on your choice days and I hope you make the right "choices". ; )
thanks...u r a big help....today im starting my 3rd cycle...i gained 2.4 lbs on cheat days...boooo....but i knew it coz we had 3 fully packed day...there were dinners and lunches...so im actually glad that i didnt gain too much..i was expecting 5-6 lbs..:)...u my friend are great help..cant thanku enough....i've come to the realization that the golden rule in all this, is, not to over-eat...thats sumthing i have to stick to for the rest of my life and i know i'll b fine....hey you are doing great....i saw ur pics and u look beautiful....hats off to ya..:)...and best of luck..:)
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