This community is not only for those who are overweight, but also for those who would like to challenge themselves to get in better shape. We do not condone losing weight if you are already underweight, but we do support getting healthy through improving your eating habits, strengthening your body through exercise, drinking more water, and just developing your well-being.
We are now friends only. Our old entries have been left public so that those contemplating joining can see what we're all about and decide. The guidelines can be confusing so please consult the user info and ask any questions you may have before joining.
If you have a question, comment, or problem, please contact either whalish or shallowgothgirl. State your questions and/or problem clearly and one of us will get back to you as soon as we can.
This is a wonderful community and we love having new members!
Food: With food, you decide how many calories (or whatever your method, for example Weight Watchers points) you get per day. If you don't know how to determine how many calories you need, there is a great article here and another one here. It's important that you know that going below 1200 calories per day will slow your metabolism. It's best to keep at least between 1200-1500 calories per day to keep your metabolism running. For more information, click here. The best way to set your calorie goal is find out how many calories your body burns a day and then decide how much weight you want to lose per week. 3500 calories = 1 pound. So if you cut out 500 calories everyday for a week, you'll lose 1 pound. Most dieticians and weight loss programs recommend losing no more than 2 pounds a week after the first few weeks. For scoring, credit 2 of the points for meeting your calorie range. If you're only under or over a little bit, give yourself 1. The third point can be for quality of food.
Water: Water is slightly different than the other categories. Points will be different depending on how you decide to do your water intake. Drinking water is good for your metabolism, good for your skin, and is a natural appetite suppressant. Many confuse thirst for hunger, and much of the population is chronically dehydrated. For more information, click here. Many experts say that 64 ounces of water per day is the perfect amount, but others say that you should drink half an ounce for each pound you weigh. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you'll need to drink 100 ounces of water. How you drink your water is entirely up to you, but here is how the points for it will work - If you drink 0-21 ounces, you get 0 points. If you drink 22-42 ounces, you get 1 point. For 43-64 ounces, you get the full 2 points. If you decide to drink half an ounce for each pound and you weigh 200, you would need 100 ounces, so that would work like this - for 0-33 ounces, you get 0 points, for 34-67 would be 1 point, and 68-100 would be the full 2 points.
Exercise: Studies show that burning at least 250 calories (usually exercising for 30-45 minutes daily) is good for your metabolism, overall health, and thus an effective way to lose weight. Experts believe it's best to work off about 2500-3000 calories per week. You determine your own exercise routine and you decide whether you've accomplished your daily exercise goal. For scoring, consider about 1 point for each 10 minutes of exercise, with the goal being 30 minutes. Or you could do 2 points for time and 1 point for quality.
Challenge: Your challenge can be anything you want it to be. This is where your well-being comes in. If you've got a huge school project, or a job interview, or just need to clean your house, make that your challenge. If you're trying to quit smoking, want to take up a new hobby, or just have something you've been wanting to do for a while, make it your challenge. If you challenge yourself to just sit and stare at a piece of cake but not eat it, that's your decision. You get 2 points for it. We do have some challenge suggestions in case you have trouble coming up with something yourself: Do anything that makes you feel good about yourself. You can go shopping for new clothes, healthier foods, you can get your hair done... anything, as long as it makes you feel good about who you are! Get things done! If there's something you've been wanting to do, but haven't had the courage to do, now is your chance! Be a nice person. Compliment someone's shoes, help an old lady across the street, don't scream at little kids for running through your yard, be nice to the creepy neighbor who wants to borrow video games all the time... Do something nice for someone else! Do something different. Redecorate a room, a different exercise, get a new fashion... Just do something different! Have some fun! Invite some friends over for a little get together, go out to a movie, go out for a healthy dinner... Fun! Do some gardening, some cleaning, or anything that needs to be done around the house. In Japan, a dishwasher is rarely heard of, and most of the Japanese are in good shape! Try doing something manually instead of having a machine do it for you.
When you post each day, your entry should look something like this:
Subject: (The day you're currently on)
Food: 3/3 Exercise: 3/3 Water: 2/2 Challenge: 2/2
points for the day / weight lost / number of days in cycle
Please write about your day behind an lj-cut if you'd like to give more details, but feel free to make a few comments on your day here. And feel free to share resources with fellow members, ie recipes, exercise tips, etc. A great free resource for helping keep track of your diet and exercise is fitday.com. It's free and they have a ton of nutrition and activity information. Also great and free is Spark People which has many trackers, blogs, recipes, and tons of other things.
A few rules and guidelines:
Tell the truth: You can lie and say that you did well and give yourself points, but let's face it, you're not doing this for us. You are doing this for you. By lying, you're only cheating yourself. It's best to stay true to yourself to better you. This isn't for anyone else, and if it is, you're here for the wrong reason.
We are not pro-ED (Eating Disorder): We are about maintaining your body in a healthy way. That can include losing weight or even gaining weight if you're underweight! If you want to binge and purge or starve yourself, that's your business, and you can take it to a pro-ED community. We do welcome those recovering from an ED with open arms, but we do not tolerate posts about active EDs. They will be deleted. In the interest of the health of our members, we will not tolerate posts encouraging others to develop unhealthy habits, including those related to eating disorders.
We are not a bulletin board: We do not allow advertising of rating communities nor communities not related to what we're about. If you want to advertise a website or another community for healthy weight loss, or fitness, or recipes, that's fine.
These rules may be updated or changed, so please check back often.