Bento for Life

Yllsa
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My boyfriend has been on my case about my weight again. About a year ago I did Body for Life and had decent results, but fell off the wagon. Now he is encouraging me to do it again (although he couldn't even follow the program for 2 days....big baby.)

I got him a Mr Bento with 4 containers for X-mas, which I fill for him since we work together. He doesn't cook though, so I'm going to bring it with me for my last semester at school. 4 containers = 4 out of the 6 meals I'll have to eat throughout the day, and I figure each container is about the right size. The last time I did it I relied on the dining hall for my meals, which may have contributed to my lack-lustre results.

Now that I cook for myself and am getting better at it, I figure the time is good to try it again.

I just thought I'd mention this here, if anyone wants to join me and we can be all encouraging and supportive :P Body for Life is a pretty brutal program - not as bad as P90X, but it takes alot more planning that P90 does.

My program goals are to 1.) Be able to wear a bikini to the beach this summer and 2.) Have better stamina so I can take a dancing class with my boyfriend.

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c-helle
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Re: Bento for Life

I don't know what Body for Life is (again, that rock I live under!). I'm doing the National Body Challenge, though, from FitTv. I'm enjoying it enormously, because I've seen good results, and the computer-based tracking of my progress is really cool. Also, I like the diet and exercise routine they email me daily. Christmas was a big eye-opener for me; my mom is 55, calls herself an "old woman," and weighs well near 300 lbs. She is diabetic and is in congestive heart failure. I was struck by the realization that I may not have that many Christmases left with her. I was also struck by the fact that I do not want to be calling myself an old woman at 55, and that genetics are not on my side. Diabetes scares me terribly. I'd also like to set an example of legitimate self-care for my daughter.

So I've been working out, and following South Beach diet since Dec. 27. I'd love to incorporate bentos into this, and I'd love someone to buddy with as far as goals are concerned, if you're interested.

As as side note, if you have the Discovery channels, you might want to check out FitTv (Maybe it's also Discovery Health). There are some fun, 30 minute workouts on there that made the difference to me between giving up on my workout and looking forward to it. My 20 or 30 min. workout is emailed to me, also, and you don't have to be a subscriber to cable to use the National Body Challenge.

Good luck to you with your goals!
crack-sweat--*snickers*

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Re: Bento for Life

I did Maki's five week bento challenge last year and lost six kg. I seem to have put it all back on again though - every time I go away on holiday I seem to gain a kg or so, and every feasting occasion (like Christmas) I put on two. I need to get my act together again and lose those six kg before my next wee trip away at the end of March.

I'm in for being supportive, but my body's getting a bit old and achey for the exercise programme that body for life involves. Plus I'd hate it and I know I'd never keep it up. I figure the best exercise is the one you will keep doing for ever, so I walk at lunchtime and have been doing so for a couple of years now.

My problem is cooking and other sorts of making food. I was making cheese for a few months last year; I had a cheese party just before Xmas so I didn't have to eat all of it, but I still ate some and it's fattening. I've also been making sausages, and am getting into salami. Hopefully that won't be so bad as it keeps for a lot longer - you don't have to eat it when it's ripe the way you do with cheese.

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c-helle
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Thanks for the info--I'd never heard of it before. Six days seems untenable for my lifestyle.

I don't think of women in their 50s as "old women." It alarms me, however, that this is how my mom sees herself. I still want to be vibrant and enjoying my life at 55 (and it's not that far off the horizon; I'm 35, now), and I'd like her to, as well. With the history of heart disease, diabetes, and cancers in my matrilineal line, I thought that this would be a good time to start a healthier lifestyle (it wasn't terribly unhealthful, before, just not as careful). I want to be able to party all night by then, too, if I so desire!

You are definitely right to consider your walking and lifting as exercise. One of the things I like about the NBC is that I can log on to my account daily and check off my activities, and they allow me to check off things like "playing with kids", "housework," "dancing," etc. and tally up approximate calories used for the duration.

Yllsa
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My temptation is always sweets - especially chocolate. Thanks to my discovery of anko, as long as I don't add too much sugar I don't have to feel too bad about making a batch of mochi every now and then.

I have to have major exercise in my regimine - I'm young and I should be able to handle it. That's my main motivation is that you are young for such a short period of time, and i've already wasted most of my youth being fat and awkward.

Unfortunately, the only time I've really been sucessful in losing weight was when I simply couldn't afford to eat and was eating 1 peanut butter sandwich a day for two months, and walking two miles to and from my job every day. I dropped about 20 lbs in two months (from 170 to 150) but I was so weak. After that period ended was when I first tried BFL - I had to start really slow because I literally had no upper body strength, and I would get winded really fast.

If I thought I could get away with starving myself like that without going crazy...well, I won't say I haven't thought about it, but...let's face it - I'm a fat kid and I love food, or I wouldn't be here. Now I'm just trying to channel that into tasty food that I can feel good about. I know I sound like an afterschool special... but my 23rd birthday was only 9 days ago, and my kid's life is just about to end...I don't want to start my grown-up life as crappy and irresponsible as the past 18 years had been spent.

I actually do like to exercise - running on the treadmill feels good. I just don't like being surrounded by sweaty gross people who don't wipe off their machines when they get their crack-sweat all over them X(

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Well I'm 53 and no way do I call myself an old woman. Mind you, I weigh only 71kg (156lb, and aiming for 145lb) so I'm nowhere near as heavy as your Mum. And I can still manage to party all night when I want to, although I don't want to quite as often as I used to. According to Wikipedia, body for life has intensive cardio and body strength workouts six days a week. That's just too much for me, as I'm by nature a sloth and I'm sensible enough to know that I'd never keep it up. But I do make a point of walking and carrying heavy objects around the place these days; I reckon I can keep doing that almost indefinitely.

Yllsa
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I don't have a tv ^_^()

BodyForLife is a 12 week program. You eat 6 times a day - a portion of protein and a portion of carbs from an approved list of healthy foods, this is to keep your metabolism burning constantly. In addition, you exercise 6 days a week on a rotation of weight training specific muscle groups and cardio. I like their exercise regimine because the longest you spend on any given day at the gym is 42 minutes, and on cardio days it's only 20 minutes - of course you are working your ass off...

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c-helle
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That sounds pretty reasonable. I like that duration for workouts. It seems to accomplish more. The six days a week, though, would be tough for me to fit in. It doesn't seem that different from what I am doing now, except for that. Keep us posted about how you pack your bentos! I still haven't integrated that with my fitness plans.

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I think that you could use small, child sized bentos to pack the kind of small meals that that program seems to call for. An excuse to indulge in those itty bitty so cute boxes maybe? ^_^ A typical kindergartener-sized box only holds about 300 to 350 ml, as opposed to an adult-sized 500-700ml or so box. Hmm...maybe an idea for me too....(heads towards the bento department...)

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Yllsa
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Another website i found a few months ago that is awesome (but I don't use it as much as I should...It was depressing to be eating 400 net calories a day and gaining weight >_< ) is livestrong.com/thedailyplate. There you just type in what you ate, it has all the nutritional info (I put a few of maki's recipes in for you guys :) ). Also, you can save 'meals' that you eat frequently and add them with 1 click. It can track your excersize you do, including shopping and stuff. You can keep track of your weight, and you can network with other people and they send a newsletter with tips. If you log in with your facebook account it will publish updates there for you too, if you're a voyer like that LOL.

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Yllsa
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I got my boyfriend this Mr. Bento:http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-Bento-Stainless-Steel-lined-Silver/dp/B000246GSE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1263929734&sr=8-1

It says the containers are each 500, 300, 280, and 201 ml, respectively. I figure I can pack a chili or some kind of soup in the big one, and then more condensed meals in the smaller ones. The one I usually pack my food in is about 260 on bottom and 240 on top. I usually pack the bulk of my meal in the lower one, and then a salad and some nuts or fruit (or chocolate >_> ) in the top. I'm going to steal my boyfriend's Mr Bento since he doesn't cook, and I'll use that. It even comes with a spork XD

That's the other reason why BfL is a neat program. Since you're eating every 2.5 to 3 hours, you never feel deprived. I'm lucky enough to have health food stores in the area around my university, so I know I can find lots of tasty approved "sweet-substitutes" like carob covered almonds or carob "energy cubes".

Honestly, the hardest part of it is the daily grind - but you just remind yourself that this is something you're doing for YOU and no one else. It's the same reason I make bento - it's 30 minutes or an hour where I'm doing something that is JUST FOR ME. I don't rush, I don't cut corners - I take the time to care for myself, inside and out, to make me a better person.

Exercise isn't a punishment - if you don't like going to the gym and exercising there, you can always find an alternative. I realized something a few weeks ago, that I play video games as a stress relief - I can't always punch someone in real life, but in a game I can log in and smash my big hammer into someone's face and feel good about it(it's very satisfying). So I decided on another goal for myself - instead of sitting around and playing games for an hour, one day a week I'm going to find some agressive physical cardio (karate or kick boxing or something) and get my anger out that way.

So, long post short, it's really about reinforcing the idea that you aren't punishing yourself with smaller portions, or that you're "wasting time" by exercising - these are things that you NEED to do, and since they are FOR you, they should be Number 1 priority. I understand that's harder when you've got kids, but if you can make it work, you're setting a really good example for them - personal betterment is worth time and effort.

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Yllsa
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haha, something i maybe should have mentioned at the beginning is that you can win big moolah. BFL is actually a competition - entering is free and optional - but it's a pretty stiff competition.

Two Grand Master Champions 1 Male / 1 Female Each Grand Master Champion will receive:
$25,000 cash
Body-for-LIFE Champion leather jacket ($1,500 value)
Reimbursement of all EAS products purchased during the Challenge
Free home gym, courtesy of PowerBlocks™

Six Category Champions will receive:
$10,000 cash
Body-for-LIFE Champion leather jacket ($1,500 value)
Reimbursement of all EAS products purchased during the Challenge
Free home gym, courtesy of PowerBlocks™

http://bodyforlife.com/challenge/prizes.asp

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The thing that I find difficult about any program like body for life is that it feels like you are constantly eating. Sure you do not feel hungry but I found that I no longer enjoyed eating at that point. I would find myself cheating by not eating and after a couple months eating that way was just too hard to maintain so I stopped doing it.

I found that one of the easiest programs for me to follow is Eat to Live. I just chop vegetables and cook large batches of of soup and oatmeal every week. Since it is so simple I am reasonably certain that I can continue eating this way. And I am the same way with working out now too, I walk on a regular basis, but when I have some spare time I will go for a run, bike ride, or swim. It is also more fun when you have some to go with, just as my husband and I go for a bike ride just about every weekend.

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Dieting as an excuse for buying more bento boxes!
Whee!!!

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My 11 year old nephew plays computer games all the time, to the point where my brother and sister-in-law were worried about him not getting enough exercise. They bought a Wii. Computer game plus exercise! My son and daughter-in-law also have one, and when I visit them I use the Wii fit, which is quite a lot of fun. You don't realise how much exercise you are doing until the next day when you wake up sore. I wouldn't mind having one, but it requires having a television and I won't do that.

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400? How did you survive? Oh, I feel hungry just thinking about it! That sounds like a really cool website--thanks for pointing it out!

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Thanks! I needed a little extra push to get that Hello, Kitty bento box! LOL. That is a great idea; I think I will start packing my snacks like that right away.

Yllsa
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*400 net I was eating around 900 to 1000 calories a day and usually doing around 600 cal of exercise (about an hour on the treadmill with the incline cranked up)

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Yllsa
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Kids who play lots of fighting games usually jump at the chance to do karate in real life. ^_^ My kid sister just got a Wii Fit - I don't have a tv at school, so I don't have my Wii there. I'm thinking about checking out the MyPersonalTrainer for the DS though - it comes with a pedometer :) If only the DS made phone calls, I'd never need to carry a phone :P

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I am pretty sure your body thought it was starving, when that happens your body will conserve every ounce of energy it can but you will begin to lose lean body mass, and many people actually gain weight this way. When you lose lean body mass you are not only losing muscle but bone and other parts of your body, which makes this particularly dangerous. 1200 calories is about the lowest recommendation that I have seen and even this is not safe for everyone. But the best idea would probably be figuring out how many calories your body actual needs and trimming your calories by a reasonable rate.

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You are right and I knew that but I was being an impetuous youth and was frustrated enough to do something stupid that I knew wouldn't help as punishment to myself >_>
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So it's Day 2 of Bento for Life, and going pretty strong. Just ate meal #5. I am finding that the easiest thing is to take out one or two large pieces of fish or chicken, cook each piece in a different sauce (lemon-citrus, soy-ginger, honey mustard, curry...) and put it in the bento container with some rice. Pretty boring I know.

I'm also going to start adding filled oni-giri. Peanut butter, tuna fish, and soy-based meat substitute will all be good fillings that will provide protein.

The hardest part is making myself wake up to eat a meal-in-a-bar at 6 am -_- But if I don't do that, then I have to eat a meal at 9 pm and that's bad.

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I am feeling depressed. I was very good last week (although not doing the for Life thing), but I weighed the same on Monday morning as I did last Monday. Grr. Must persevere. Am being even better this week. Less meat with my salads.

Stephanie
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I feel you on being a bit down, I have just started back to school and I all ready have an amazing amount of work not to mention my actual job has been crazy. Even with some stressing eating and drinking coffee again, I have been able to lose some weight.

It might help if you added some beans as you cut down on the meat, to help keep you full.

I also made a really good dressing recently without any fat. It was about 1 inch of fresh ground ginger, couple splashes of soy sauce and vinegar, some sriacha, and green onion. That and some homemade kimchi really livened up my salad.

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Sounds yummy. Might try that dressing.

Yllsa
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Fact: It can take up to 6 weeks for any lifestyle changes to take visible effect in women - it can be longer depending on age and the type of change.

Fact: Your weight can fluctuate on any given day by up to almost 5 lbs. Why? Fluid intake. Other things can affect your weight as well, especially if you are a woman, like the weather.

Fact: If you are doing muscle/weight training, this will cause your muscles to swell for about 24 hours - this is why they recommend that you alternate muscle groups (like in BFL) or take every other day off.

So, don't get depressed. The first time I did Body for Life I didn't weigh myself at all for the first six weeks.

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Yllsa
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Just letting you all know it's been 2 weeks and I've lost about 5 US lbs, or a third of a stone. I am feeling so good right now, and I feel like the exercise is really taking effect. Eating healthy delicious food every day keeps me going and is often a reward for the punishment I give myself at the gym.

I've diverted my chocolate cravings to fudge-almond protein bars by Balance and EAS dark chocolate shakes (it's sad but I almost like these better than the real thing :\ )

So far the only problems I've had is usually around once a week I walk around the corner from the gym to get myself a hot strawberry bubble tea. It's sooo cold here and I like chewing on the bubbles while I drive. It's terrible because the first time I tried it I couldn't stand the bubbles but now I'm hooked. And that evil evil woman who runs the shop told me that now they have flavored coffee and hot chocolate, with bubbles. Whyyyy you beautiful, evil Chinese woman?! WHYYY?! I'll probably just stick to my strawberry milk though :P

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Well done you! I managed about ONE pound the week before last, but I think I put it back on again this week. Will see when I weigh myself tomorrow.

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Sundays are my "Free Day" and i had chinese food yesterday and now I'm back up to 165 ;_; It's probably mostly water weight though...

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success, sort of...

Well, I lost the 15 lbs I wanted to lose. In two weeks. This was after I had planned a gradual, 1-2lb/week loss, and followed a 2000 calorie diet, and exercised for only 30-35 minutes, 4x weekly. And I still ended up having problems with ketosis and other issues from the rapid loss. I've toned down the exercise and beefed up my bentos, but I'm still losing, and I feel like garbage. Not how I wanted to do things, all in all.

Good for all of you whose goals are going well.

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I hope the change of diet (and of pace) eventually settles and that you feel better soon. Two weeks is a very short time to adjust.
I am glad that the 'success' you've had concerns you and that you aren't blindly celebrating the lost pounds. Seems you still have some room for tweaking your diet. Obviously, don't put your kidneys at risk.
But a big pat on the back for you anyway, you've put in a real effort. Hope you can find a safe way to pursue your goals.

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I would definitely look into what you can change in your diet, when you lose that much weight you should be feeling noticeable better than when you began. Ketosis is really not a good sign, you may want to speak to a doctor to make sure everything is all right (and they may refer your to a nutritionist to make sure you are going about this weight loss in a healthier manner).

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Goodness yes, go and see your doctor. That's far too fast to lose weight.

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The doctor seems unconcerned. It's unusual, too, for docs to refer Pt.s to nutritionists here, although I wish she would/could. Most of my weight consisted of "vanity pounds." I really only wanted to change tack so I could manage my blood sugar and drop a *few* pounds, and get on track for a healthy long-term lifestyle. It's a bit scary at this point. I don't really know what else to change, unless I just stop exercising altogether (down to 30 min, 2x week). Most of my "diet" now consists of avoiding extra sugar and refined carbs.

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Thank you, Loretta! Yes, anyone else out there considering weight loss--do not sacrifice your bone/muscle/kidney health. This does not feel good. I had really thought I'd found a reasonable program, but I guess it was too much, after all. Trying to eat extra carbs, now, but still making sure they are mostly "good" carbs.

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What is...ketosis? I wish I could drop 15 lbs in 2 weeks... I'm on week 5, and I'm holding steady at 160, down 5 lbs from my start weight, but it's a steady 160, not up and down 2 or 3 lbs daily so I am feeling good about that at least.

Even if I don't see a number change, I see myself pushing to do stronger weights, capping out at faster run speeds. This week I have started capping my run speed at 7mph, up from 6.5. It's painful but it's good pain.

Thanks to everyone in here supporting all of us. I just wish I had more pretty bento to post. Mine are all really boring. Baked salmon and rice balls. Baked chicken and rice balls. "Chikn" Nuggests and string beans. Yummy, but not pretty. Healthy, but not pretty.

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Ketosis is what happens to your body when you run out of carbohydrate to metabolise.

When you eat a proper balanced diet your body turns the carbohydrates you eat into glucose, which it then either uses for the energy you need right then, or to turn into fat for energy storage. When you run out of glucose in the blood, because either you're on a low carb diet or it's just been a few hours since breakfast, your body starts mobilising that stored fat to use for its energy needs. This is why it's a good idea to exercise before eating if you want to burn fat. However, although your body can turn glucose into fat, it can't turn fat into glucose. (Glucose, and all carbohydrates, have a higher proportion of oxygen atoms to carbon and hydrogen atoms than fats do.) It so happens that your brain cannot use fats for its energy requirements the way the rest of your body can, so some of that fat is turned into molecules called "ketone bodies" that the brain can use. Ketosis is when you have a high level of these molecules in your bloodstream. If the ketosis becomes severe, it can turn into ketoacidosis, which is dangerous.

As a side note, your brain always needs SOME glucose, and your body provides this by breaking down the protein in your muscles - protein has pretty much the same carbon/oxygen/hydrogen composition as carbohydrate but with the addition of nitrogen. The nitrogen that's left over when the protein has turned into glucose is excreted from the body in the urine, which is why your kidneys get stressed when you diet too much.

There you go - more than you ever wanted to know about glucose, fat, and protein metabolism. But still only scratching the surface.

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I love your explanation, speaking like a true scientist :)

I would just add that the reason why the nitrogen produced by metabolizing protein is so hard on the kidneys is because it forms ammonia, which I am sure that everyone knows is toxic.

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I had heard of mushipan on this site before but it didn't seem very healthy to me. I saw the word "mushipan" in your reply and then went to do research and my skepticism continued. But looking at what you've got listed there as ingredients, it doesn't seem too outlandish. I think I'd like to try that recipe - especially since I usually end up grabbing just a banana, or a hard boiled egg for breakfast. If I've gotten up more than 15 minutes before I need to head out the door, sometimes I'll bask in the luxury of instant oatmeal or a piece of multi-grain toast with Omega spread. If I could make half a dozen of these on a sunday and have 1 to grab for breakfast on the way out the door, then that would go really well with my egg as I walk to class :)

so my question is, how long does a mushipan usually stay fresh for? Is 4 or 5 days reasonable or do they need to be eaten sooner than that?

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Re: success, sort of...

Thanks for the explanation I'm actually taking a molecular biology course right now so that was very informative.

I'm still doing the program, but I'm not doing bento as much. It's my last semester of college, so senioritis has hit pretty hard. I had to sacrifice something to the laziness gods, and it wasn't homework. I've been stuck on a plateu of 160 lbs US, so about three weeks ago 1/2 my intake and doubled my exercise. I'm still at 160 though. I am just eating alot of hardboiled egg whites, probiotic yogurt with fruit, dried fruit and chicken/turkey/tofu. Oh and protein bars. Can't forget those. Ever. I don't feel like I'm depriving myself though so don't worry :)

hana.yori.dango

rehfilet
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Re: success, sort of...

i'd guess that upping the proteins to support your exercise would be a good idea..whenever i work new muscle groups, i start to loose weight quickly (in a bad way) if i don't get my 75g of calculated protein a day. try lentils, beans and tofu products plus tuna, chicken, eggs or beef as a larger part of your diet.

protein powder for shakes is not very nice as a drink, but the vanilla kind is ok for adding to muffins, pancakes and such, for example like this:

breakfast mushipan

2 tbsp yoghurt/quark
1 egg
1 tbsp instant oats
2 tbsp vanilla shake powder or more if you can tolerate the whey-taste
mix it all together in a bowl, add
75g flour of your choice mixed with 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp baking powder
put in muffin cups and steam for appr.25 minutes. eat them all with a glass of milk and a piece of fresh fruit.

Stephanie
Bento-ing from: San Lorenzo › California › USA
Joined: 15 Jan 2009
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Re: Bento for Life

I miss working out, I've hurt my arm and have not been able to bike or do yoga. I do continue losing weight, but very slowly since I am very close to normal weight now which I am fine with. Where I have problems is my lack for clothes that fit me and not having the funds to go out any buy new.

And while some people do well on a higher protein diet, I've noticed that I do well on a lower protein (even with being active) so you might play with your diet a bit to see if something better works for you. Fruits and vegetables make all the difference for me, a green smoothie (greens like kale or spinach, banana, berries or other fruits on hand, and milled flax seed) will keep me running for hours but with plain oatmeal I am hungry again by 9.

Yllsa
Bento-ing from: Binghamton › New York › USA
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Re: success, sort of...

Ohmygodohmygod i just tried this recipe and it is PERFECT. I added some cut up dried strawberries and it is AMAZING - everything I could possibly want in a single food!

I actually didn't need to add any sugar, because I used Wegman's Vanilla SuperYogurt, so the sweetness of the powder and the yogurt was just enough. I'm obsessed with how much sugar i eat right now and trying to cut back (I've apparently been consistently eating 2.5x what would be considered "acceptable" every DAY) and this is just a superb little muffiny thing that I can pop in the microwave and take with me for breakfast.

I took pictures while I made this and of the mushipan results so I'll put those on my Flikr at some point and link to them. For anyone who is interested, the recipe makes about 4 medium-sized mushipan.

I am officially a rehfilet/mushipan convert!

EDIT: Woo pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44171194@N03/sets/72157623655582771/
hana.yori.dango

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mushipan

I've only recently discovered the joys of non-whisk mushipan, good to find out about a fellow convert!

Don't forget you can add grated carrot (or grated apple, or pear) and this will also contribute some added sweetness and fibre.

I've no idea how long they stay fresh for, there are never any left over to put into the freezer. They are so easy and quick to make and taste so good when they are warm and fresh I never make enough to stash.

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