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  • #687073 Reply

    Haha,
    I have created an account to follow Kate’s drinking adventures. She has some great food & drinks out there, https://www.instagram.com/katesfinstaaaaah/

    Now I need a place to ask her questions:

    1. How in the hell do you stay so thin? You have put some monstrous stuff on there, and while it looks delicious, I gained 5 pounds just flipping through the IG pics.

    2. Do you mind if I show other people? We’re kinda country bumpkins here, and stuff like this totally amazes us.

    #687119 Reply
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    Kate
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    Omg! Yeah, it’s fine to show people.

    To recap, I started it last week as a joke after BGM asked how to post pictures on here and I said that would be the easiest way. Then I just kept adding pictures of drinks.

    I don’t eat/drink as much as maybe it looks like. I use a Fitbit and it tracks all my steps, plus I input the strength exercise I do (20 mins 4-5 days a week). I also input everything I eat, including alcohol. I just make sure I’m not taking in more calories than I burn. If I go out for a meal, I eat maybe half of it and wrap up the rest for lunch.

    I will admit, the one drink in the finsta that wasn’t mine is the very first Bloody with the donuts. Mine was way less caloric, but I asked another guy who was making one at the same time as me if I could take a picture of his.

    #687127 Reply
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    Kate
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    Oh, I see where you live, the general area. I’ve been there a few times but not recently. If you go out to eat, what’s the craziest thing you could order?

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    Portia
    Portia
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    Ha! I love the idea of dw Instagram accounts. Those drinks look really good…

    I also have a Fitbit, but I don’t input food. I used to keep track of all my food intake in a different app, and I kept it up for something between 6 months and a year. But it took too long to input stuff, and it steered me to eat the same foods over and over because I already had them in the system. It was good to do for a little while because now I have a better idea of about how many calories things are, what serving sizes are, etc.

    #687134 Reply
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    Kate
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    Yes, to be clear, this is what works for me, tracking things and holding myself accountable. It’s something I can control. I also don’t have any health issues (that I know of) that complicate nutrition or weight management.

    Tracking calories is definitely not for everyone.

    #687136 Reply
    Portia
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    Oh, for sure. I know people that tracking calories worked great for – they lost weight healthily, kept it off, and are doing great health-wise. And I know people for whom it ended up being very damaging. It’s something you really need to know yourself for.

    It’s also great that there are so many options out there to help you if your goal is to lose weight or get in shape. I have one friend who has that gym app where you pay people a small amount if you skip the gym and make money if you go. I get motivated by having a race goal. I have another friend who goes to a personal trainer and that accountability to the trainer keeps her motivated. I know a couple of people who have done weight watchers, others who did the South Beach diet, the list goes on.

    #687146 Reply
    Copa
    Copa
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    I’m someone who cannot track calories. Like, at all. It stresses me out and I get too wrapped up in the number rather than the quality of the foods I’m eating. When I was about 19, I wanted to lose a little weight (I thought I was fat when I wore a size 2) and started watching what I ate to the best of my ability at the time. I knew nothing about nutrition, so I decided I was going to watch my fat intake, and pretty quickly became obsessed with restricting my caloric intake (nothing extreme, but still unhealthy) and the number on the scale. I’ve avoided calorie counting and frequent weigh-ins since because I find both damaging.

    As an adult who understand more about nutrition than I did 10+ years ago, I’ve had a lot of success just eating real food — like, foods that are minimally processed and with as little added sugar as possible — and not counting calories. A few years ago I’d gotten plump after a break-up (eating my feelings!) and when I got my shit together, I lost about 30 lbs eating like this and adding weight lifting to my gym routine. I easily maintained for a couple years, and I eventually got to the point where I could eat whatever I wanted (within reason) without worrying about my size/weight/shape. Because muscles! I’m not a nutritionist or trainer, but think a lot of people would have success eating this way and lifting heavy things.

    #687189 Reply

    The Midwest is kind of boring as far as food and drinks go. We’re just getting Thai and Vietnamese in the last few years, and anything seafood…just blah, don’t do it.

    I tend not to go out to eat much because I’d just rather cook to expand my cooking technique (I’ll post some of the stuff that I’ve made on the CJ account).

    I don’t track calories because…well, I’d sometimes rather not know. 🙂 I do exercise fairly often though (martial arts 2-3 times and week, and yoga at least once a week). I’m not thin but muscle-y with a little middle age pudge. 🙂

    Maybe I’ll post an actual pic on my CJ IG account.

    #687195 Reply
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    Janelle

    I have a Fitbit and track my food there as well. Heck I even have the Fitbit Scale and Hydrate Spark water bottle. So everything I do is tracked. That being said the times when I tend to see a couple lbs creep up is when I get lazy and don’t track my food….or ya know eat an entire pizza.

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    Kate
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    Any of you guys do Blue Apron? I tried it because a friend passed me a free trial (anyone you know who’s used it will have free trials to give away), and I think it’s great. They work directly with family farms and send you exactly what you need for 3 meals per week. If the recipe calls for 2 carrots, you get 2 carrots. They only assume you have salt, pepper, and olive oil. They’ll send you just the right amount of spices so you can experiment with different flavors and not spend a billion dollars on spices. The fresh meat is from family farms and just the right portion size. It’s all fresh/whole/unprocessed (I am pretty sure), you get recipes from around the world, and it’s really good. My mom is an excellent cook who’s taken countless classes and has all the gadgets, and she just started trying Blue Apron and is really into it too because she says each recipe is like a little lesson in flavors. You really feel like you’re cooking something. It comes with a nutrition info card too. I would say the food is restaurant quality but healthier, and it’s $60 for 3 meals for 2. It comes in meals for 4 as well. Not singles, but you could eat the extra for lunch.

    #687218 Reply
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    Kicia
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    I use both Blue Apron and Plated. Plated is a little more expensive but you have a lot more options. I compare the two menus for the week and decide if I’m interested in either. It’s definitely much healthier food than I would come up with on my own but I’m also a very lazy person.

    #687219 Reply
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    ktfran
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    I’ve considered doing something like Blue Apron when we’re super busy and come back from traveling and I don’t have time to cook or grocery shop. So, I’d probably only need it every 5 weeks or so.

    My other option for busy weeks/coming home from vacation is to start making bigger batches of food that freezes well so I have an arsenal of already made good for me meals.

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