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Old 10-01-2012, 11:40 PM
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Hi pheonix,

That's the app I am using, I really like how it also measures fat, sugar and vitamins. Being able to just scan a barcode makes it so easy. Am trying to stick to approx. 1200. I am managing it most days but weekends are a struggle,

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Old 10-03-2012, 07:04 PM
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I have discovered Corn Salsa at Trader Joes.

With blue corn chips.

Jeeze.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:00 AM
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Oh coffee, you make me laugh.

Had delicious shepherd's pie last night.

Been drinking waaaay too much coffee again. School.

Speaking of which................
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:17 AM
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Oh my gad, I just made the best smoothie I have ever had in my life. I'm serious:

Frozen banana
Plain almond milk
Vanilla MyVictory protein boost
Flax and chia seeds
Spirulina
(Key ingredient) Orange flavoured flax oil from Omega Nutrition.

Holy CRAP it is good, like a creamy orangey milkshake, and I can feel it infusing me with energy, as I drink it. (Maybe that's psychological, but whatever, it's working.)

Just wanted to share(brag)!
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:20 AM
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I had no idea this forum existed!!! Since stopping drinking I have been eating everything in sight!!! I want to lose weight and I definiitely am not - I think I have gained since quiting. Im only on day 5 - any help???
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:37 PM
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RELAX-that is my advice. You get to do whatever you want for awhile-except drink. Don't worry about what you're eating or your weight, it will all even out, don't worry. The most important thing is that you're not drinking, and that's great.

That being said, it doesn't hurt to get as many vitamins and minerals into you as you can, eating healthy is always a good thing. Lots of veggies, and if you can cut out as much sugar and processed stuff as possible that's good too, your mood won't go up and down as much.

And EXERCISE. Exercise, exercise, exercise. I can't stress enough how much exercising has been one of the major factors that has kept me sober AND sane. Just a little bit can do so much.

But you're doing great at five days and posting here for support, you're doing awesome. Stick with us!
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:17 PM
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Just found this forum.

My diet..definitely a little wacky.

Breakfast, dinner, and Sundays veggie, almost Pritiken.

So what's up with lunch? Usually eating with friends. Hamburgers, grilled chicken subs, bbq, meat burritos. Some chips, some fries, no cheese or special sauces/mayo.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:33 PM
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Hi Parkec100 and welcome!

Have you tried eating more meals a day? Then when you go out for lunch, you can eat smaller portions and perhaps leaving some things out like the chips and fries? Good job on the cheese and sauces!

Hi Copperfield! Nice work on day 5, check back in whenever you want!

@Inparticular

That's very good advice, especially about sugar and fast carbs. Sugar is chemically similar to alcohol, so replacing it with slower carbs can help to decrease cravings.

It's been over 4 weeks without coffee for me now, but on holiday it was easy to quit. I could wake-up whenever I wanted and no stress or work that had to be done. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it will be difficult as my freelance accounting job is picking up.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:54 PM
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Geralt i never said i finished the chips/fries :-) But you are right. I also neverfinish my sandwich.

Instead of more meals i eat 4 almonds and 3 small cereal wheat biscuits at 10 & 3.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
Hi Parkec100 and welcome

It's been over 4 weeks without coffee for me now, but on holiday it was easy to quit. I could wake-up whenever I wanted and no stress or work that had to be done. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it will be difficult as my freelance accounting job is picking up.
what! No coffee?!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by parkec100 View Post
what! No coffee?!
I know, right? Geralt that's awesome! How have you done that? How do you feel?
I'm really impressed that you've stuck with it cause you were trying for awhile. I've been working on cutting down but DAMN it's not easy.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:25 AM
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It wasn't that difficult because I was on holiday, so I could let the daily pattern go. Just told my family I am sensitive to caffeine, which is true, as I get anxious for hours after more than one cup, and drank dried fruit tea (without actual tea leaves, just dried fruit, so no caffeine) all the time.

My sleeping pattern changed, I started going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. But on some days, especially if I had exercised a lot the day before, I was like a walking zombie the first 15-30 minutes after waking up Some funny situations as for example my whole family had their morning coffee and were very talkative and I was putting on butter on my bread with a spoon.

Toughest part was getting up at 5 in the morning for the train journey to my grandparents. Some coffee would have certainly helped, but I know it's only for one hour or so and the anxiety stays much longer.

Although my energy levels vary a lot during the day, I am still getting stuff done and general anxiety is way down.

It's difficult to give any good advice, as I have no idea how long I will keep it up with all the work coming up. I didn't have any withdrawal symptoms like headache or muscle pain, just sleepiness.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:26 AM
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Its amazing you didn't have headaches. I don't even know how this is physically possible. My head feels like it will implode after many hours (like 12 +) with no caffeine. I get mine from pills as I don't drink coffee, tea or soda. I wanna cut down as well but not sure about eliminating it. I did that for a couple weeks a couple years ago (slowly weened off it - horrible head aches) and really didn't notice a lot of positives, though I may not have given it enough time either.

Anyway...nice job Geralt.

Welcome parkec and copper!

I've been doin ok eating wise. Just giving in to my store bought, sugar filed, trail mix addiction too often. I am honestly going to try to change that and not just write about it anymore.

Going to make a big azz salad today with TONS of protein and TONS of fat...just the way I like it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:41 PM
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The last time i quit caffiene i continued to drink the same number of cups , just they were half full. Then i went to coffee shooters. Then none.

Few if any head aches.
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Ghost, can't you find natural trail mix? I swear I see it at Trader Joes? Maybe you could google it at Amazon?

Made a huge pot of soup. I'll be eating it for a week.

Couldn't give up coffee if you beat me with a stick.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:31 PM
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The last time I tried quitting coffee I felt like I was going crazy.

Big day at school today, was at a computer for six hours straight without moving except to go to the bathroom. Intense. I had one cup off coffee all day and that was it. For dinner we grabbed thai takeout. Had a smoothie tonight for a pick-me-up, and a few dates, but am still thinking about a cup of coffee to keep me up and studying for another couple hours. But then I have trouble sleeping and end up taking pills to sleep. Not a great cycle but the bottom line is I need to study right now, not sleep which is what I'm going to do if I don't have a coffee soon. Argh.

Must......sleep........NO!!!!!! Must...........sleep............
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:33 PM
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@geralt

I drink MORE coffee on holiday. On our last road trip through the rockies I drank so many lattes it was obscene. But I was really struggling with wanting to drink the entire time so it was a replacement.

BTW I'm 19 days from a year!!! Holy cow! You're at around a year too, aren't you Geralt?
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:39 PM
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Ghost, can't you find natural trail mix? I swear I see it at Trader Joes?
Well, most the "natural" trail mixes I've seen are so full of sugar. There may be some out there though...but I can make my own natural mix...its the bad stuff in it I crave!

See...I would NEVER even consider grabbing a handful of M&M's and eating them. However, for some reason, put them in a mix of other things and I'll gobble em up. Like that makes it ok??!?!?

Either way, I've went two days without. Made my own though, dehydrated a bunch of fruit, mixed it in with raisins, almond and sea salt. Yummy.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:29 PM
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@Inparticular,

Whooo, congrats on 1 year then! Mine is Monday, the 15th, so just a couple of days. Still feeling like a baby sometimes dealing with adult life issues sober But if I look back and see how my life was a year ago, I never want to go back to that state of body and mind.

Pfff, had my first coffee since a month on the first client meeting back home. Great start (sarcastic smiley). Started losing focus after a couple of hours and thought one small cup wouldn't be bad. And actually it wasn't, so stupid me had one more a few hours later, usual anxiety as always. No wonder I couldn't moderate alcohol, as I can't even moderate coffee.


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I think I am just lucky without those headaches, I hear that a lot.

I have an idea! Why don't you eat the trail mix before a work-out? Carbs or even actual sugar are not that bad then, as it will be used as fuel for your muscles. For going out on a 3-5 hour bikerides is a great excuse to bring some chocolate chip cookies along I burn like 1500-2000kcal during such a ride and 100grams of cookies is only 500kcal, despite all that sugar and fat. Let it burn!
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:12 PM
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Alright Geralt! One year is going to be amazing, I don't know about you but I can't wait.
No kidding about not being able to moderate, I can't moderate anything. Anything.

Ghostly, maybe because chocolate and nuts taste so awesome together!

Drinking coffee as we speak, it's the only way I can concentrate on this awful Canadian politics textbook. Midterm tomorrow.

Scrounging up dinner tonight, we've been too busy to shop! Mashed potatoes and salmon.

I miss the dinner updates on here! And where's LDT???
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