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Mijuraad
July 26th, 2008, 10:37 PM
Now that I'm no longer 39, I've found the only way I can lose weight is to book a cruise. That said, the dieting routine usually doesn't kick in until 6 weeks before departure, which is a tad too late for me to lose anything but water weight.

However, I'm determined to begin the dieting process today--right now--this minute, which leaves me exactly 8 weeks to achieve body perfection.

I am a female of $#@##! years, stand 4 feet 11 inches (shrunken from 5 feet) and weigh 120 pounds. As a result of my having lived, most of my plump and perky parts are heading toward extinction. Every item of cruise clothing I own is size 10 petite. If I were to try things on tonight, I'd cancel the cruise, but a week from today, when I have lost a few ounces, I'll try on a few of my roomier outfits. I'll be wearing an underwire bra, of course.

I am writing this blog as a combination count-down to the cruise, and challenge to myself to lose a couple of pounds. I'll be keeping track and keeping up to date on this blog. Any encouragement or tips will be welcomed.

I'm hungry already.

Annatoo
July 26th, 2008, 11:12 PM
However, I'm determined to begin the dieting process today--right now--this minute, which leaves me exactly 8 weeks to achieve body perfection.

I am a female of $#@##! years, stand 4 feet 11 inches (shrunken from 5 feet) and weigh 120 pounds. As a result of my having lived, most of my plump and perky parts are heading toward extinction. Every item of cruise clothing I own is size 10 petite. If I were to try things on tonight, I'd cancel the cruise, but a week from today, when I have lost a few ounces, I'll try on a few of my roomier outfits. I'll be wearing an underwire bra, of course.

I am writing this blog as a combination count-down to the cruise, and challenge to myself to lose a couple of pounds. I'll be keeping track and keeping up to date on this blog. Any encouragement or tips will be welcomed.

I'm hungry already.
This worked for me at 50+ :p . I went from a generous 10 or 12 down to size 9..... no special exercise.
Cut out all Dairy - use Soy or Rice Milk. This means no hard cheese/butter. NO BREAD or WHEAT cereals (use natural Muesli and add LSA mix ).....have Ryevita or Corn/Rice crispbreads. NO JAM or sugar. Use Avocado instead of butter. Limit red meat or replace with grilled fish/chicken. A few almonds daily. Heaps of salads/greens/vegetables (not potatoes). Piece of Fruit for dessert. 8 glasses of water daily. Start the day with freshly juiced carrot/celery/apple/beetroot/parsley.
OK....don't think I've forgotten anything - however except for being lazy and not juicing, this eating regime no longer works for me :( . Perhaps I cheat a little now (love cheese and must have toast with soup in winter). My cruise is 14 months away...out with the juicer again, ride the bike and walk regularly :rolleyes: . I keep the cheese for grandson (also the choccie biscuits)....must be STRONG ;) .
You should get results after 7 days......keep me posted on progress :D
B E V

Pinkbikini
July 27th, 2008, 01:38 AM
Depending on your diet you may be able to lose 5+ lbs/week if you take enough water weight off by cutting out all the sodium (no soda, popcorn, precooked meals that you renuke in the micro). You might be surprised (I always am) at how much comes off the midsection by cutting sodium out alone.

Feel free to come join us on the atkins board if you'd like- most of us lost 5-10 lbs (I started at 130 and dropped 20 in about 6 months time at 5'3) in just a week. I think 20lbs in 2 months may be doable but not advisable. 10 lbs is a more realistic goal! (JMHO)

Good luck to you, and no matter what, enjoy your cruise
Pink :p

Pinkbikini
July 27th, 2008, 01:40 AM
Depending on your diet you may be able to lose 5+ lbs/week if you take enough water weight off by cutting out all the sodium (no soda, popcorn, precooked meals that you renuke in the micro). You might be surprised (I always am) at how much comes off the midsection by cutting sodium out alone.

Feel free to come join us on the atkins board if you'd like- most of us lost 5-10 lbs (I started at 130 and dropped 20 in about 6 months time at 5'3) in just a week. I think 20lbs in 2 months may be doable but not advisable. 10 lbs is a more realistic goal! (JMHO)

Good luck to you, and no matter what, enjoy your cruise
Pink :p

Pinkbikini
July 27th, 2008, 01:40 AM
Depending on your diet you may be able to lose 5+ lbs/week if you take enough water weight off by cutting out all the sodium (no soda, popcorn, precooked meals that you renuke in the micro). You might be surprised (I always am) at how much comes off the midsection by cutting sodium out alone.

Feel free to come join us on the atkins board if you'd like- most of us lost 5-10 lbs (I started at 130 and dropped 20 in about 6 months time at 5'3) in just a week. I think 20lbs in 2 months may be doable but not advisable. 10 lbs is a more realistic goal! (JMHO)

Good luck to you, and no matter what, enjoy your cruise
Pink :p

kiwicruiser55
July 27th, 2008, 03:55 AM
Now that I'm no longer 39, I've found the only way I can lose weight is to book a cruise. That said, the dieting routine usually doesn't kick in until 6 weeks before departure, which is a tad too late for me to lose anything but water weight.

However, I'm determined to begin the dieting process today--right now--this minute, which leaves me exactly 8 weeks to achieve body perfection.

I am a female of $#@##! years, stand 4 feet 11 inches (shrunken from 5 feet) and weigh 120 pounds. As a result of my having lived, most of my plump and perky parts are heading toward extinction. Every item of cruise clothing I own is size 10 petite. If I were to try things on tonight, I'd cancel the cruise, but a week from today, when I have lost a few ounces, I'll try on a few of my roomier outfits. I'll be wearing an underwire bra, of course.

I am writing this blog as a combination count-down to the cruise, and challenge to myself to lose a couple of pounds. I'll be keeping track and keeping up to date on this blog. Any encouragement or tips will be welcomed.

I'm hungry already.

Glad to hear there are other people out there dieting before their cruise, I got weight off using Jenny Craig and I have now been 11 months within +/- 2kg of my goal weight. I just had a weigh in and decided to get two weeks of JC ready meals to get those extra pounds off as I have not got long to go now. I also wear my pedometer and watch television walking on the spot which seems to work. Good luck with shedding your:) pounds.

Salsa Dancer
July 27th, 2008, 06:26 AM
For almost everyone, you lose a lot more weight up front because it is a combination of fat loss and water, but hey, as long as it stays off over time....and the clothes will fit great.

Once I lost 15 lbs. in a month with my own "custom" diet plan that was based off a skeleton WW plan. I thought about the foods that I liked, then made a menu based on those things, made sure I got all of the food groups covered, dark greens, orange veggies, fruit, protein, dairy/calcium, etc., kept it very low in sugar, low in calories too. This is what I ate for a month. I'll admit that it got boring, but it did taste good and I was able to do it for the 4 weeks. I started out at 141, I think, and ended up at 126 (5'2") and felt great. You could alter it to suit your own taste, I'm sure, exchanging low-fat cottage cheese for the egg or low-fat yogurt. I'm going by memory but this is what I remember.

Breakfast:
Soft boiled egg
light wheat toast (no butter)
4 oz. oj

For Lunch and dinner: my filler food was a soup that I made, but altered with seasoning for dinner so that I wouldn't die of boredom :D .

Chicken & Spinach Soup (it was boiled chicken breast, diced, strained the water, tossed the chicken back in, and added chopped frozen spinach (good source of iron), chopped garlic, diced onion, shredded carrots (orange veggies for vitamin A), seasonings to taste, chicken bouillon, etc. At lunch I would eat it as is, and at dinner, when I heated a bowl, I would add a little Sesame Oil and soy sauce to give it an Asian flavor. You can also add some heat if you like....cayenne pepper.

Lunch:
Soup (ate it until I felt full)
an apple
1-2 oz. of cheddar cheese

Dinner:
More Chicken soup, seasoned differently, as noted
Sugar Free Jell-O with fresh fruit added to bulk it up (like chopped apples, mandarin oranges)
Glass of Milk
Pumpkin Dessert: At the beginning of the week, I'd make an 8x8 pan (sprayed with Pam) of a crustless pumpkin "pie"....combo of an egg, a small canof pumpkin, sweetener (Splenda would work), cinnamon and nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice, then would bake it all up until a toothpick came out clean (350 degrees). Would cut the "pie" up into 9 pieces, then top a piece with a whipped topping like Dream Whip (whipped to directions).

I added in sugar-free beverages--coffee, iced tea, etc.

Sorry that the recipes aren't more detailed, I'm typing from the top of my head. I came across the pumpkin recipe just this week in a pile of notes and that reminded me.

That was the most weight I EVER lost in a month (mind you that I was in my late 20's) and it was so funny to see how shocked my friends were. One girl came up to me on a Sunday and said, "YOU'RE WAIST!" Another good friend...male....took a look at me on the 4th week and got this big grin then picked me up and swung me in a full circle and said, "What did you do? You're disappearing." It was pretty funny.

Pinkbikini
July 27th, 2008, 12:18 PM
Sorry, I must have triple posted while at work last night. It kept saying "error" ha ha... well, anyway, good luck in whatever you choose!

Mijuraad
July 28th, 2008, 01:32 AM
Many, many thanks for the diet regimes you've put onto this board. I plan to use them, especially the ones that allow an egg or some cheese now and then. Tomorrow morning I'm going to copy some of your recommendations and be serious about losing weight. Admitting that the older I get, the harder it seems to drop pounds, I really want to do this.

Today, day one, we were invited out to dinner, which is not the best way to begin a diet. The meal featured fahitas made with skirt steak marinated in vermouth, squeezed lime and lemon, and assorted spices, and griled on the barbecue. I was doing okay with that and grilled zucchini until a voice I barely recognized came out of my head saying, "Please pass the sour cream." In spite of temptation, I ate only one fahita, and a bowl full of salad.

Then we all went out for ice cream.

Still, I didn't snack around the clock today, and tomorrow I will start in earnest. First thing will be the cutting out of salt.

Salsa Dancer
July 28th, 2008, 10:07 AM
Many, many thanks for the diet regimes you've put onto this board. I plan to use them, especially the ones that allow an egg or some cheese now and then. Tomorrow morning I'm going to copy some of your recommendations and be serious about losing weight. Admitting that the older I get, the harder it seems to drop pounds, I really want to do this.

Today, day one, we were invited out to dinner, which is not the best way to begin a diet. The meal featured fahitas made with skirt steak marinated in vermouth, squeezed lime and lemon, and assorted spices, and griled on the barbecue. I was doing okay with that and grilled zucchini until a voice I barely recognized came out of my head saying, "Please pass the sour cream." In spite of temptation, I ate only one fahita, and a bowl full of salad.

Then we all went out for ice cream.

Still, I didn't snack around the clock today, and tomorrow I will start in earnest. First thing will be the cutting out of salt.


Good for you Mij...we'll be rooting for you. Please post your progress. It is encouraging to see how others do. I'm the one who posted the plan with the cheese and egg and "pumpkin" pie. I may haul that out and do that for a week because I've been on a 5 week plateau!! Yuck.:(

Gathina
July 28th, 2008, 10:42 AM
be careful about diet soda and diet
tea...there is something in the chemical compound that can trigger receptors in the part of the brain that make you want to eat more.

In Brazil we drink "mate"..you can buy yerba mate tea most places..brew it in a jug in the sun for a few hours, then put tons of limes in it...very refreshing and a good appetite killer.

Odoyal Rulez
July 28th, 2008, 07:40 PM
10 lbs is cake...dont hold back on the cardio and eat healthy balanced meals that are even with carbs/fats/protiens...

Mijuraad
July 31st, 2008, 11:41 PM
Hi Annatoo, KiwiCruiser, Pink Bikini, Salsa Dancer, Gathina, and Odoyal,

Never thought five of the ten pounds I'd like to lose would come off in less than a week, but here I am, slimmer...without having done strenuous exercises or worrying about exotic diet food preparation.

Would you all consider me to be cheating just because I've had a case of Montezuma's Revenge for the last three days? Yuk! I'm a mess...can't stay out of the bathroom and have been eating bananas, tea, rice, and grilled chicken. The worst part is that I know as soon as I feel better, I'll put the pounds back and will have to start the diet again from scratch.

It's fun reading your stories and your words of encouragement.

MetalPrincess8
August 2nd, 2008, 02:59 AM
Once I lost 15 lbs. in a month with my own "custom" diet plan that was based off a skeleton WW plan. I thought about the foods that I liked, then made a menu based on those things, made sure I got all of the food groups covered, dark greens, orange veggies, fruit, protein, dairy/calcium, etc., kept it very low in sugar, low in calories too. This is what I ate for a month. I'll admit that it got boring, but it did taste good and I was able to do it for the 4 weeks. I started out at 141, I think, and ended up at 126 (5'2") and felt great. You could alter it to suit your own taste, I'm sure, exchanging low-fat cottage cheese for the egg or low-fat yogurt. I'm going by memory but this is what I remember.

Breakfast:
Soft boiled egg
light wheat toast (no butter)
4 oz. oj

For Lunch and dinner: my filler food was a soup that I made, but altered with seasoning for dinner so that I wouldn't die of boredom :D .

Chicken & Spinach Soup (it was boiled chicken breast, diced, strained the water, tossed the chicken back in, and added chopped frozen spinach (good source of iron), chopped garlic, diced onion, shredded carrots (orange veggies for vitamin A), seasonings to taste, chicken bouillon, etc. At lunch I would eat it as is, and at dinner, when I heated a bowl, I would add a little Sesame Oil and soy sauce to give it an Asian flavor. You can also add some heat if you like....cayenne pepper.

Lunch:
Soup (ate it until I felt full)
an apple
1-2 oz. of cheddar cheese

Dinner:
More Chicken soup, seasoned differently, as noted
Sugar Free Jell-O with fresh fruit added to bulk it up (like chopped apples, mandarin oranges)
Glass of Milk
Pumpkin Dessert: At the beginning of the week, I'd make an 8x8 pan (sprayed with Pam) of a crustless pumpkin "pie"....combo of an egg, a small canof pumpkin, sweetener (Splenda would work), cinnamon and nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice, then would bake it all up until a toothpick came out clean (350 degrees). Would cut the "pie" up into 9 pieces, then top a piece with a whipped topping like Dream Whip (whipped to directions).

I added in sugar-free beverages--coffee, iced tea, etc.

Sorry that the recipes aren't more detailed, I'm typing from the top of my head. I came across the pumpkin recipe just this week in a pile of notes and that reminded me.

I find this a little too elaborate for my busy schedule...does anyone have any suggestions for something a little simpler, yet effective? Besides the ready made meals full of sodium (as PinkBikini stated earlier). I've done the SlimFast plan and lost 34 lbs., but seem to have "plateau-ed" and need to get that last 20 lbs. off. Any new suggestions that are simple like a plan like that are welcome :D

In Brazil we drink "mate"..you can buy yerba mate tea most places..brew it in a jug in the sun for a few hours, then put tons of limes in it...very refreshing and a good appetite killer.

Does this type of tea have caffine? Caffine dehydrates the body, which makes it more difficult to lose weight.

Gathina
August 2nd, 2008, 06:57 AM
Why do you think Salsa dancer's plan is elaborate? it's eating simple food..and the truth is no way of healthy eating is that simple..you have to plan accordingly and make major lifestyle adjustments. you can't drink slim fast the rest of your life. well, you could, but would you want to?

It has some, but less than coffee..the main thing is it's an appetite suprressent and VERY common in south america.

I find this a little too elaborate for my busy schedule...does anyone have any suggestions for something a little simpler, yet effective? Besides the ready made meals full of sodium (as PinkBikini stated earlier). I've done the SlimFast plan and lost 34 lbs., but seem to have "plateau-ed" and need to get that last 20 lbs. off. Any new suggestions that are simple like a plan like that are welcome :D



Does this type of tea have caffine? Caffine dehydrates the body, which makes it more difficult to lose weight.

bahama daydreamer
August 2nd, 2008, 10:13 AM
DH and I have both been on Weight Watchers for about a month and have both lost 12lbs. We take a 1/2 hr walk every evening and count our points. I have a really hard time losing weight so this is really good for me. With determination and willpower you can do it. Good luck.

missbogota
August 2nd, 2008, 02:58 PM
Thanks Gathina for the info on the Yerba Mate tea. I live in Bogota, Colombia and am going to look in the grocery store for it. Hope it is here!

MetalPrincess8
August 2nd, 2008, 11:15 PM
Why do you think Salsa dancer's plan is elaborate? it's eating simple food..and the truth is no way of healthy eating is that simple..you have to plan accordingly and make major lifestyle adjustments. you can't drink slim fast the rest of your life. well, you could, but would you want to?

No, I suppose I can't do SlimFast for the rest of my life, but its gotten me this far. I agree your diet consists of simple food and is probably the best route to go, but I just simply don't have the time during the day to prepare all of that, and then still have time to eat it. I'm just looking for something that's a little easier and less time consuming.

Annatoo
August 3rd, 2008, 12:03 AM
No, I suppose I can't do SlimFast for the rest of my life, but its gotten me this far. I agree your diet consists of simple food and is probably the best route to go, but I just simply don't have the time during the day to prepare all of that, and then still have time to eat it. I'm just looking for something that's a little easier and less time consuming.
Substitute all dairy for SOY (Milk/Tofu). Avocado as spread.....no JAMS. No WHEAT....use OATS or RYE. Herb teas and water. Give this a try for 2 weeks - I'm sure you will lose weight :p .
B E V

pkrchkr
August 3rd, 2008, 04:36 PM
I want to lose 20 lbs.I've tried weight watchers, could never eat all my points gave it up. I've tried atkins and got very sick from all the fat in the food,felt like I had the flu for a month.Any suggestions. PS I have severe food allergy to celery,avacado,kiwi fruit,eggs tomatoe and potatoe( it is a protien link that also makes me allergic to Latex)
Help!

Gathina
August 3rd, 2008, 04:44 PM
I guess that's what I don't understand..what was so hard about preparing the food she mentioned.


No, I suppose I can't do SlimFast for the rest of my life, but its gotten me this far. I agree your diet consists of simple food and is probably the best route to go, but I just simply don't have the time during the day to prepare all of that, and then still have time to eat it. I'm just looking for something that's a little easier and less time consuming.

funfamilyfun
August 3rd, 2008, 08:48 PM
I have had good results with adkins. Read about it on their website and follow it closely. You will get results and you will not feel hungry. Good luck

MetalPrincess8
August 4th, 2008, 12:45 PM
I guess that's what I don't understand..what was so hard about preparing the food she mentioned.

I never said it was hard. I said it was time consuming. Time that I simply don't have every day...All I said was that I am trying to find a more simple alternative that would fit my lifestyle a little better than making stuff from scratch each and every day. I don't have time to sit there and boil chicken breast, and chop up all the ingredients to make a soup...and then still have time to eat it. Just looking for a simple alternative that would still be just as beneficial as what she mentioned.

Gathina
August 4th, 2008, 02:08 PM
No need to get huffy. I didn't think it took much time to boil a piece of chicken breast or chop up ingredients. You do what works for you.

A big reason why people get fat, IMO, is because they don't want to take the time to plan. Not saying that's why you are fat, that's just my opinon.

I never said it was hard. I said it was time consuming. Time that I simply don't have every day...All I said was that I am trying to find a more simple alternative that would fit my lifestyle a little better than making stuff from scratch each and every day. I don't have time to sit there and boil chicken breast, and chop up all the ingredients to make a soup...and then still have time to eat it. Just looking for a simple alternative that would still be just as beneficial as what she mentioned.

bobandkelly
August 4th, 2008, 03:00 PM
If you don't have time you can still prepare a soup. Most stores (even the bigger walmarts) have the roasted chickens. If you buy them cold (they are leftovers) they are quite cheap. I use the dark meat in soup, the white in sandwiches, chicken salad, or warm up and eat with a salad or whatever you want. Back to the soup. Buy a good low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable) Add the chicken and some frozen mixed vegetables. If you would like to add some pasta do that to. Add some herbs parsley, basil, oregano, thyme.... experiment and see what you like. Check the internet for some easy black bean soups. Soups are a great lunch. Easy to take with if you work.

I like to cook from scratch, cutting things up for me is almost like therapy! But I know it is not for everyone.
Things I will do to save time is why roast one chicken when it is just as easy to roast two. Then portion out the leftover meat and freeze. Meatloaf I make into small individual loaves, after baking & cooling I wrap & freeze them.

When Iwant an easy dinner I put one in the fridge in the morning and about and hour before dinner I put one in the oven with a potato (my favorite is sweet potato.) Yes I make a vegetable too!

It is like Gathina says, all in the planning. But after you get started it won't seem so time consuming. It really is about creating new ways of doing things.
Kelly

MetalPrincess8
August 5th, 2008, 11:10 AM
Substitute all dairy for SOY (Milk/Tofu). Avocado as spread.....no JAMS. No WHEAT....use OATS or RYE. Herb teas and water. Give this a try for 2 weeks - I'm sure you will lose weight :p .
B E V

Thank you for the suggestions...this is more my speed and what I have time for. I will consider this route as well, and try to put it in my daily routine. ;)

No need to get huffy. I didn't think it took much time to boil a piece of chicken breast or chop up ingredients. You do what works for you.

I have never once on this thread gotten "huffy" with anyone. In my first post in this thread, I simply stated that I didn't have time for making soups and such from scratch. So, that being said, I asked if anyone had any other suggestions that would be a little simpler than Salsa Dancer's receipe. I never said I didn't like the receipe, it actually sounds very good. I'm just looking for something a little simpler. I think that the more simple it is, the more likely I am to stick to it being that I don't have to turn my kitchen upside down to make a dinner for myself. I do not have kids and most of the time I live by myself, so simple is best for me. Any other suggestions anyone has is very much appreciated.

A big reason why people get fat, IMO, is because they don't want to take the time to plan. Not saying that's why you are fat, that's just my opinon.

Excuse me? I am not fat. Please don't make assumptions before you know all the facts. This subforum is not called "Fat Cruisers"...its called "Lose Before You Cruise," which is something I'd like to do. That's the whole reason I posted in this "10 Pounds in Two Weeks" thread, because I would like to lose about 10 pounds, and I was wondering how feasible this would be. I never asked to be critiqued...all I asked was for a simple, yet effective diet plan that I could incorporate into my daily life that consists of something OTHER than making a full pot of soup.

Annatoo
August 10th, 2008, 08:40 AM
Posted by Annatoo http://boards12.cruisecritic.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=15675590#post15675590)
Substitute all dairy for SOY (Milk/Tofu). Avocado as spread.....no JAMS. No WHEAT....use OATS or RYE. Herb teas and water. Give this a try for 2 weeks - I'm sure you will lose weight :p .
B E V
Thank you for the suggestions...this is more my speed and what I have time for. I will consider this route as well, and try to put it in my daily routine. ;)

MetalPrincess8...I'm curious to learn your normal eating habits as you don't appear to have time to COOK or EAT :confused: !!!??? In which case surely you don't need to lose weight :p. Please check in 1 week after cutting out all dairy/wheat/sugar - Good Luck :)

Annatoo
August 10th, 2008, 08:52 AM
Hi Annatoo, KiwiCruiser, Pink Bikini, Salsa Dancer, Gathina, and Odoyal,
Never thought five of the ten pounds I'd like to lose would come off in less than a week, but here I am, slimmer...without having done strenuous exercises or worrying about exotic diet food preparation.
Would you all consider me to be cheating just because I've had a case of Montezuma's Revenge for the last three days? Yuk! I'm a mess...can't stay out of the bathroom and have been eating bananas, tea, rice, and grilled chicken.
No further word from you....trust you didn't lose ten pounds - or more :eek: . Do hope you are fully recovered and happy with your new weight ;) .

Gathina
August 10th, 2008, 09:35 AM
Welll your posts are very confusing...I saw on your other thread you have time to do your Wiifit or whatever it is for 45 min-1hour per day but not 5 minutes to boil soup. I guess soup can't cook by itself why you are exercising.

You asked for advice on the threads , and you are getting it.


Thank you for the suggestions...this is more my speed and what I have time for. I will consider this route as well, and try to put it in my daily routine. ;)



I have never once on this thread gotten "huffy" with anyone. In my first post in this thread, I simply stated that I didn't have time for making soups and such from scratch. So, that being said, I asked if anyone had any other suggestions that would be a little simpler than Salsa Dancer's receipe. I never said I didn't like the receipe, it actually sounds very good. I'm just looking for something a little simpler. I think that the more simple it is, the more likely I am to stick to it being that I don't have to turn my kitchen upside down to make a dinner for myself. I do not have kids and most of the time I live by myself, so simple is best for me. Any other suggestions anyone has is very much appreciated.



Excuse me? I am not fat. Please don't make assumptions before you know all the facts. This subforum is not called "Fat Cruisers"...its called "Lose Before You Cruise," which is something I'd like to do. That's the whole reason I posted in this "10 Pounds in Two Weeks" thread, because I would like to lose about 10 pounds, and I was wondering how feasible this would be. I never asked to be critiqued...all I asked was for a simple, yet effective diet plan that I could incorporate into my daily life that consists of something OTHER than making a full pot of soup.

Salsa Dancer
August 10th, 2008, 11:41 AM
Hi Annatoo, KiwiCruiser, Pink Bikini, Salsa Dancer, Gathina, and Odoyal,

Never thought five of the ten pounds I'd like to lose would come off in less than a week, but here I am, slimmer...without having done strenuous exercises or worrying about exotic diet food preparation.

Would you all consider me to be cheating just because I've had a case of Montezuma's Revenge for the last three days? Yuk! I'm a mess...can't stay out of the bathroom and have been eating bananas, tea, rice, and grilled chicken. The worst part is that I know as soon as I feel better, I'll put the pounds back and will have to start the diet again from scratch.

It's fun reading your stories and your words of encouragement.

Hey Mij....Good for you! I havent' been to this thread for a while; so didn't realize you had lost 5 lbs. Naw, it's not cheating. You can't help the case of MR, and wouldn't deliberately give it to yourself, but there are some nice side perks. :) I got really sick before our last cruise and lost 11 lbs. in 2 weeks. Being sick was bad but I was so happy when all of my cruise clothes fit like a glove and I didn't gain it back fast. I gained it back after the cruise only because my eating habits were bad. :(

Now you could author a book (lol) on the "new" diet plan that will help you to lose 5 lbs. in one week, guaranteed...maybe you'd even end up famous and on the cover of some magazine at the checkout stands. ;) We'll call it the "White Food" Diet.

Salsa Dancer
August 10th, 2008, 12:31 PM
No, I suppose I can't do SlimFast for the rest of my life, but its gotten me this far. I agree your diet consists of simple food and is probably the best route to go, but I just simply don't have the time during the day to prepare all of that, and then still have time to eat it. I'm just looking for something that's a little easier and less time consuming.

Hi MP...I was catching up on reading the posts here.

I am a mother of six, with lots of cooking experience, and was used to cooking dinner for 8 and didn't have time to fuss with special meals of my own every night. The time factor is all relative to each of us. Before having kids, I would have thought it was a lot of fuss to make Jell-O. Now I can cook for marathons and enjoy it. To lose weight, I tried to cook separate WW meals for myself but that was always a huge struggle because I had to take care of my family's dinner simultaneously. I"ve also learned a lot of shortcuts and multi-tasking tricks and could likely make the pumpkin "pie," the soup, and the jello with fruit in about an hour and a half, once-a-week.

The prep time for my short-term diet plan wasn't much for me at all after being used to cooking for a large family. I made the family dinner every night, THEN once-a-week, made a big batch of soup for myself (about an hour to prep), which I used up all week long. This was the fastest thing I could do because I could freeze some of it for later and only have to fuss for myself on Sunday night (cooking time). All I had to do, then, each night, was reheat a bowlful and VOILA!--a healthy, filling meal. I did the same with the pumpkin and jello with fruit--just once-a-week.

I just plop the chicken in the water, and while that was boiling, took the frozen block of chopped spinach out and shredded some carrot (one or two) and chopped some onion. The main thing I wanted to get at is that you can find something that works for your own individual taste. If I were single and hated to cook (and liked soup), I would find a low-fat chicken soup or chicken broth, buy some frozen veggies that are low-cal, and a store-roasted chicken and combine those ingredients--adding seasonings that I like. There's nothing special about my recipe other than that it contains all of the greens, the yellows, low-fat chicken, and worked as a protein source and filler food for me. It's the only time in my life that I lost that much weight in that short time-span.

There doens't seem to be much out there that is a lot faster or as fast as a can of Slim-Fast or some sort of frozen microwavable dinner. If you eat those, you would likely lose weight fast enough without all of the fuss. You could plan your own skeleton plan, maybe, using things that you like...hard-boiled eggs kept handy, tuna salad with low-fat mayo takes about 5 minutes to prep., store-bought soup with some pre-roasted chicken added, etc. Along that line of thinking, here's a thought....

I loved watching Dancing with the Stars and always admire how thin and muscular the instructors are. I watched an interview with Cheryl Burke and they asked her what her diet was like. I could tell that she is a single lady without much cooking time, so she would take advantage of the store deli and make healthy choices of prepared foods. She said that she would eat a bran muffin with fresh fruit (she showed a deli container of cut up melons, etc.), then for lunch she ate some sort of turkey meatloaf (I have a fantastic recipe for this and it is SO good), along with a salad, I think. At dinner, she ate store-roasted chicken with sushi rolls and maybe salad. I don't remember the details but I remember how smart she was to have figured out some "fast food" that worked for her hectic single-girl life. Now for me, I would find it time-consuming to go to the store on a daily basis. I end up shopping for junk (nail polish, etc.) and would be stuck there and in a slow line for over an hour.

I hope you don't get discouraged with responses from the board. Typed messages can come across a lot differently than face-to-face discussions. There really are some great people on these boards with some great ideas to share...and there can be some rude ones. I've encountered that on another forum, myself. Now I try to re-read my replies carefully in the hopes of not coming across in a negative way. If I read it back and catch something that sounds "off," I make a correction. Your response to my diet plan was clear and made sense to me because I have daughters your age and know that they would find it overwhelming to cook the things that I'm used to cooking. We all have individual lifestyles and circumstances and the best "diet" that we can find is one that works with us as individuals. Hope you find something that works well for you! If you do, you can share it with others who also are busy and looking for simple plans that work.

MetalPrincess8
August 11th, 2008, 01:18 PM
MetalPrincess8...I'm curious to learn your normal eating habits as you don't appear to have time to COOK or EAT :confused: !!!??? In which case surely you don't need to lose weight :p. Please check in 1 week after cutting out all dairy/wheat/sugar - Good Luck :)

LOL...I can see how that might come across...I am just a very busy person...early up in the morning and late to bed at night. Most of the time I try to find things that are easily eaten on the go (ex. in the morning, I eat a mealbar on the train on my way to work). When I started gaining weight a couple years ago, I found myself eating alot of unhealthy stuff that was easy to eat on the go (fast food, etc.). So, now I'm trying to find an alternative that is just as easy as eating a mealbar on the go, but maybe a little more beneficial. Still working on your no dairy/wheat/sugar idea...but will check back in if I see any improvements! THANKS! :D

MetalPrincess8
August 11th, 2008, 01:52 PM
Welll your posts are very confusing...I saw on your other thread you have time to do your Wiifit or whatever it is for 45 min-1hour per day but not 5 minutes to boil soup. I guess soup can't cook by itself why you are exercising.

Yes, you are correct. I do the Wii Fit for 45 minutes each day. I have sacrificed other things in my schedule in order to make myself exercise. I really do not enjoy exercising, so this way I get at least some active time in, rather than not doing anything at all. I try to make my meals simpler and easier so that I DO have time to exercise each day. I feel that I'm not going to lose any weight if I don't exercise AND eat right each day, so, I try to find the easier approach by eating diet foods (i.e., SlimFast) and then, in turn, still having time to exercise. Now that I've lost a significant amount of weight, I am looking to KEEP it off. I know that I can't do SlimFast the rest of my life, that's why I'm trying to find SIMPLE alternatives, which is why I asked about it in the first place.

You asked for advice on the threads , and you are getting it.

Actually, someone else asked for advice...When the advice was given, I stated that the making of a soup was a little complex for my tastes/lifestyle and was wondering if anyone else had any other simpler alternatives. You came back and ridiculed me for not liking the soup idea. You never gave any alternatives or other suggestions that would fit my lifestyle. You don't know how I live, or what I do each day, or what I have time for each day. Simpler things are easier to stick to for me. I find that if it is complex or time consuming to make, the less likely I'm going to take the time (or have the time, for that matter) to prepare such a meal.

All I am saying is I would like a more simple alternative. I've already stated that several times. If you don't have anything nice to say, or have something to contribute to the conversation, why not just keep it to yourself?

MetalPrincess8
August 11th, 2008, 03:37 PM
Hi MP...I was catching up on reading the posts here.

I am a mother of six, with lots of cooking experience, and was used to cooking dinner for 8 and didn't have time to fuss with special meals of my own every night. The time factor is all relative to each of us. Before having kids, I would have thought it was a lot of fuss to make Jell-O. Now I can cook for marathons and enjoy it. To lose weight, I tried to cook separate WW meals for myself but that was always a huge struggle because I had to take care of my family's dinner simultaneously. I"ve also learned a lot of shortcuts and multi-tasking tricks and could likely make the pumpkin "pie," the soup, and the jello with fruit in about an hour and a half, once-a-week.

The prep time for my short-term diet plan wasn't much for me at all after being used to cooking for a large family. I made the family dinner every night, THEN once-a-week, made a big batch of soup for myself (about an hour to prep), which I used up all week long. This was the fastest thing I could do because I could freeze some of it for later and only have to fuss for myself on Sunday night (cooking time). All I had to do, then, each night, was reheat a bowlful and VOILA!--a healthy, filling meal. I did the same with the pumpkin and jello with fruit--just once-a-week.

I just plop the chicken in the water, and while that was boiling, took the frozen block of chopped spinach out and shredded some carrot (one or two) and chopped some onion. The main thing I wanted to get at is that you can find something that works for your own individual taste. If I were single and hated to cook (and liked soup), I would find a low-fat chicken soup or chicken broth, buy some frozen veggies that are low-cal, and a store-roasted chicken and combine those ingredients--adding seasonings that I like. There's nothing special about my recipe other than that it contains all of the greens, the yellows, low-fat chicken, and worked as a protein source and filler food for me. It's the only time in my life that I lost that much weight in that short time-span.

I like your ideas of shortcuts for your soup. I realize that you don't have to do everything from scratch and I will try to take that into account next time I am shopping for food. Making it from scratch is just not my forte, nor do I really have the time on the weekends to do it, but cutting corners like you have mentioned really might save me some time (frozen veggies, etc.).


There doens't seem to be much out there that is a lot faster or as fast as a can of Slim-Fast or some sort of frozen microwavable dinner. If you eat those, you would likely lose weight fast enough without all of the fuss. You could plan your own skeleton plan, maybe, using things that you like...hard-boiled eggs kept handy, tuna salad with low-fat mayo takes about 5 minutes to prep., store-bought soup with some pre-roasted chicken added, etc. Along that line of thinking, here's a thought....

I think that this is more along my lines of alternatives. Thanks so much for the suggestions. I don't cook very much...most of the time it is frozen dinners and such, but this sounds pretty easy and pretty fast to do and I will definitely think about those ideas next time I am at the grocery store as well.


I loved watching Dancing with the Stars and always admire how thin and muscular the instructors are. I watched an interview with Cheryl Burke and they asked her what her diet was like. I could tell that she is a single lady without much cooking time, so she would take advantage of the store deli and make healthy choices of prepared foods. She said that she would eat a bran muffin with fresh fruit (she showed a deli container of cut up melons, etc.), then for lunch she ate some sort of turkey meatloaf (I have a fantastic recipe for this and it is SO good), along with a salad, I think. At dinner, she ate store-roasted chicken with sushi rolls and maybe salad. I don't remember the details but I remember how smart she was to have figured out some "fast food" that worked for her hectic single-girl life. Now for me, I would find it time-consuming to go to the store on a daily basis. I end up shopping for junk (nail polish, etc.) and would be stuck there and in a slow line for over an hour.

All of these suggestions are great ideas...I like the one about the already cut up fruit from the grocery store. I hadn't thought of that before. That is a really healthy alternative and definitely more my speed. Thanks for that suggestion!


I hope you don't get discouraged with responses from the board. Typed messages can come across a lot differently than face-to-face discussions. There really are some great people on these boards with some great ideas to share...and there can be some rude ones. I've encountered that on another forum, myself. Now I try to re-read my replies carefully in the hopes of not coming across in a negative way. If I read it back and catch something that sounds "off," I make a correction. Your response to my diet plan was clear and made sense to me because I have daughters your age and know that they would find it overwhelming to cook the things that I'm used to cooking. We all have individual lifestyles and circumstances and the best "diet" that we can find is one that works with us as individuals. Hope you find something that works well for you! If you do, you can share it with others who also are busy and looking for simple plans that work.

Yes, we all have different lifestyles that need different techniques to make work and I really appreciate you taking the time to explain how your soup works and all of your other helpful tips. I will definitely take all of this into account and see what works best for me. I will definitely come back and share once I get into more of a daily routine that compliments my lifestyle. Thanks again!!:cool: