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I am a self-proclaimed DASH girl

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Visuals are really great to learn how to intuitively eat. Goal is to not rely so much on tracking.

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Previously was tracking in FatSecret but felt the forum there was too negative. I didn't appreciate the rudeness of some of the members in the forum even when not directed towards me.

I have used SparkPeople in the past to track nutritional goals. Now, I am diving in to explore some of it's other features.

I am 33 years old and 5'3". Started my weight loss journey on FatSecret in January 2019. Plan to reach goal weight within the next month (May 2019) for a total loss of 23 lbs.

I would define my ideal WOE as LEAN AND CLEAN: Mostly veggies and fruits and a lean meat. Lean meat is fish/chicken/turkey (up to 6 oz cooked) and red meat (3 oz cooked). Food low in saturated fats. Eat low or non-fat dairy. Limit carbs from bread/pasta to whole grains. Eat foods high in potassium and fiber.

I did some digging to determine if there was a diet out there that aligned with my way of eating (WOE) and to confirm the pros/cons of this WOE. I stumbled upon the USNews Best Diets List (https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/best-

After reading about some of the diets, I think my WOE closely resembles the DASH Diet - receiving a 4.8/5 rating for healthy diets. Although, DASH limits lean meat as 6 oz (cooked) per day instead of per meal. I am up for that challenge and am seeing how it goes.

Member Since: 3/7/2019

Fitness Minutes: 77

My Goals:
My weight loss goals were:

1. BMI- 25.7 to 21.7 (Overweight to Normal)
2. Weight- 145 to 122 (Lose 23 lbs)
3. Lose 4-8 lbs/month, about 1-2 lbs/week.
4. Lose nutritiously
5. Pre-track/Meal Prep (deterred until I accomplish zero waste goal)
6. Maintain body positivity
7. Moderate alcohol consumption
8. Weekly to bi-weekly weigh-ins
9. Moderate chip snacking
10. Calorie intake 1200-1550/day (range to figure out what works)


Jan 2019- ~10 lbs lost
Feb 2019- ~2.5 lbs lost
Mar 2019- ~5 lbs lost
Apr 2019- ~3 lbs lost

I also am doing a weight loss competition with my partner. It is motivating to lose with someone else. You can hold each other accountable and ping pong ideas. He has lost 19 lbs to date with a goal of losing 42 lbs total.

My maintenance goals:

1. Body Fat: 25% to 21-23%
2. Maintain Weight +/- 5 lbs (117-128 lbs)
3. Eat Nutritiously Balanced Meals (~50% carbs, ~30% fat, ~20% protein, 25 g Fiber, 2,000 mg potass

My Program:
I have been doing the Take Shape For Life (tsfl.com) Optimal Weight 5&1 Program. Eating six small meals per day is the first healthy habit they teach you. On the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan, your body enters a gentle but efficient fat burning state while maintaining retaining lean muscle mass. In addition to five Fuelings each day, you learn another healthy habit: how to make a lean and green meal for you and your family.

Take Shape For Life then transitions you into a maintenance plan called Optimal Health 3&3 Program. Helping you sustain healthy weight through a nutritionally balanced plan that consists of three balanced Lean and Green meals and three Optimal Health Fuelings each day. Eat one meal or Fueling every two to three hours as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Optimal Health 3&3 Plan is also great for anyone looking for a convenient way to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

I did not stick to the Optimal Weight plan to a T. Primarily because this isn't my first rodeo. I succ

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