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    • Maybe a cup of chamomile tea an hour after dinner? For some reason this seems to work for me. Also aids getting to sleep quickly. For me, at least...

    • I just want to remind you the body weight could fluctuate several pounds from day to day, due to water retention, and salt consumed. And that, in my experience, I learned that it is more important to hydrate properly than to obsess over daily weighting. My personal "health" indicator is how my body tells me I am feeling.

    • Maybe a cup of chamomile tea an hour after dinner? For some reason this seems to work for me.

      I tried this on Sunday evening and it cut my snacking down to a solitary fig newton: by contrast, a week ago my evening snack was a fairly large chocolate cookie and a bowl of ice cream.

      I also tried your suggestion an hour after today’s lunch. It took a second cup but I survived the afternoon with zero snacking.


      Now I just need to remember to bring in some non-caffeinated tea bags to work tomorrow—still up past my bed time due to this afternoon’s double dose of caffeine.

      I haven’t been able to get in much walking the past couple days (my leg isn’t cooperating much), but I still lost an additional pound over the past couple days. So kudos again for the helpful suggestion.

      Starting weight: 191 pounds

      Current weight: 186.8

      Goal weight: 165

    • A rare piece of good news in a troubled world! Glad you found it useful.

      By the way, chamomile tea has no caffeine*, so you nocturnal wakefulness must be down to natural exuberance!

      *It has no tea in it either. Like most herbal infusions, it sounds more familiar with "tea" in the name. Chamomile is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. Health benefits are associated with it, including its propensity to help sleep.

    • No worries! My trips to the grocer are now infrequent, so I substituted herbal decafenated tea on Sunday evening and had no ill effects.

      Yesterday at work, they only had black tea—hence my bouncing off the walls at midnight. Today I brought into work some of the herbal decaf tea and enjoyed some this afternoon. And again, it stilled my cravings for sweets or snacks in general.

      Brilliant suggestion. Any stock tips?


    • Starting weight: 191 pounds

      Current weight: 184.4

      Goal weight: 165

      I’ve lost a total of six and a half pounds in the past 12 days. Almost all of it has been from changing my diet: I walked less than half a mile yesterday due to my leg injury.

      Getting adequate sleep is incredibly important in cutting my daily caloric intake. On Friday I had trouble staying awake at work, and so of course I raided the break room for a blast of sugar (jelly donut) and coffee.

      One of the things that athletes have zero clue on is just how psychologically difficult it is to lose weight. If you’re a competitive runner and you’ve been out for four months from injury, the 20 pounds that you’ve put on is in no fucking way the same as the 20 pounds I still need to lose.

      As an athlete, you know that losing that weight will get you back to being an athlete. So eating salads and cutting calories for two months is mentally easy. Plus you have the routine of regularly exercising at a high energy level to meet your target weight goal quicker.

      I, by contrast, have to deal with a gradual decline in fitness and a gradual increase in middle aged spread over the past decade. And even after losing that twenty pounds I won’t be an athlete: I just won’t be fat anymore.

      As a result, I need transition foods to help me get to my goals. Are nuts a shitty source of protein and high in fat? Yes. But does a handful of peanuts fill me up enough so that I don’t start and devour a family-sized bag of crisps absentmindedly while watching television? A big yes, which is why I consume a handful or two while making supper. And why I’m satisfied with one serving of everything at supper, rather than going back for seconds.

      My leg is starting to recover so I may start walking a couple miles a day in a week or so. But I can’t rely on that for losing weight. Upon reflection of previous attempts to lose weight, I think I’ve been guilty of eating more than I should under the guise of “I’ll burn it off with a long hike tomorrow.” Unfortunately, that’s never worked for me. Anyone else guilty of that self-delusion?

    • Very familiar with the "eat now, exercise later" argument!

      Of course, it is easy to say that it would be more logical to have eats as a treat after a workout, but as I may have said before, the enemy is very cunning...