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Old 04-08-2008, 01:20 PM
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So I've lost 20 pounds

And I don't really know how. I know for the last 5 pounds, it's because I haven't been eating very much (bad I know!) but because I can't use my kitchen because of the way my roommate keeps it. She's cleaned it up a little, but the smell is HORRIBLE! I can't go in there because of the smell, and if I HAVE to go in the kitchen, I hold my breath til I'm blue in the face!
I know part of the reason I've lost 20 pounds is I've cut back on sodium and sugary things, but honestly, I haven't really done much in the exercise department.

Anyways, so I want to lose another 10 pounds or so, and I'm taking a water aerobics class which I absolutely LOVE! So I know that will help! I know I need to eat more calories, but I don't want to gain back the weight I've lost, so is it best to just gradually increase my calories? I've bought paper plates and utensils and the such so I can basically eat in my room and not have to use the kitchen and just go in there to use the microwave.

So yeah I guess I'm basically asking whats the best way to increase calories without gaining weight?
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:25 PM
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increasing calories, if it swings your energy balance to not burn more than you consume, will cause weight gain.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:15 PM
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Put your calories at the right places. Whole wheat/grain pasta/bread, oatmeal, no white rice, etc. If you eat healthy with the right portions (eat until you're satisfied, not too full), the calories will even out.
Eat snacks that are fresh fruits, plain popcorn, or unsalted nuts. Oh and trail mix is the shiz.

Oh and don't be too worried if you gain a couple pounds. Those are probably muscle from your water aerobics class. (which sounds awesome btw)
Don't be discouraged if you end up at a weight "plateau". That probably means that you are at your "perfect" weight.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:28 PM
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Put your calories at the right places. Whole wheat/grain pasta/bread, oatmeal, no white rice, etc. If you eat healthy with the right portions (eat until you're satisfied, not too full), the calories will even out.
Eat snacks that are fresh fruits, plain popcorn, or unsalted nuts. Oh and trail mix is the shiz.

Oh and don't be too worried if you gain a couple pounds. Those are probably muscle from your water aerobics class. (which sounds awesome btw)
Don't be discouraged if you end up at a weight "plateau". That probably means that you are at your "perfect" weight.
When I was able to use a kitchen, I ate lots of whole wheat pasta (I'm addicted to pasta!) but now I'm stuck to things that I can microwave quickly, or just snack on, or things that don't need cooking at all, or eating take-out/delivery.
I WANT to use the kitchen, but honestly the smell makes me want to puke, there is no way I can stand in there and breathe.
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i would say threaten the roommate with action from the landlord if she doesn't clean up
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When I was able to use a kitchen, I ate lots of whole wheat pasta (I'm addicted to pasta!) but now I'm stuck to things that I can microwave quickly, or just snack on, or things that don't need cooking at all, or eating take-out/delivery.
I WANT to use the kitchen, but honestly the smell makes me want to puke, there is no way I can stand in there and breathe.
Oh yeah I forgot about the no kitchen part.
You can buy one of those little plug in stoves and boil water in your room...
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:49 PM
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i would say threaten the roommate with action from the landlord if she doesn't clean up
I did go to the management office on Friday, and told them that she needs to clean up the kitchen and if they could tell her (without telling her who said it because I am friends with her, and we have two other roommates in the house).
So on Saturday they called her and told her one of her roommates complained that she leaves the kitchen a mess and that it needs to be cleaned up by Monday.
So she cleaned it, barely. I mean most of the trash is gone, but there is food stuck on the stove and stuff from cooking, she didn't clean that. Of course the smell is still there. I don't think there is really anything we can do about the smell as the only ventilation in the kitchen (there are NO windows) is the fan above the stove, but that does NOTHING.

As far as cooking in my room, I thought about that, but I'd still have to wash the dishes, which means using the kitchen, as well as using the pots and pans she uses that she doesn't clean thouroughly.
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Not to be Mr. Pessimist BUT

Losing 20 pounds doesn't really say much

You might have lost fat, if so then good
But more likely, you might have lost muscle...
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Not to be Mr. Pessimist BUT

Losing 20 pounds doesn't really say much

You might have lost fat, if so then good
But more likely, you might have lost muscle...
20 lbs is a good chunk of weight, and I bet it is mostly fat lost.

You can make rice in the microwave, and pasta too if you have glass containers. You can also make couscous by pouring boiling water on a bowl of it and covering it with a lid.

Salads don't need cooking.

Whole grain bread obviously doesn't need to be cooked.

If you have any friends that live close to you, you could also share some meals with them. It's often easier to cook for 2 than for 1 and if you pay for some groceries and clean up after, they might be willing to share.
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Move out babe.. Food is enough of a reason to find another place. Is it too difficult to find another living arrangement? Sounds like a nightmare, especially if you do not eat too much to start with. The idea that food (esp fresh, home cooked food) is becomming a difficulty for you raises flags with me as it takes away the enjoyment factor. Paper plates and microwave food? Not such a good idea.. To lose 20 pounds all of a sudden also raises flags.. What height, frame and weight are you if you dont mind me asking? Great about the aerobics class! I love my gym! Its great for the soul! hehehe ;) Im sorry your kitchen sucks.. :/ xo
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oh and just to add whole wheat pasta is better then regular pasta but brown rice pasta is the best for you to eat! oh and whole grain breads should have whole wheat flour as the 1st ingredient not unbleached wheat flour.
i would def talk w/ ur other roommates and all say something to her. i mean they have to be affected by this as well. i mean who likes the smell of rotting/decaying food?
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my friend had a roomate like yours. She would leave dirty dishes everywhere and not clean up so she would leave her dirty pots and pans in her room and shut the door. congrats on your weight loss
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It seems kind of silly to me that you and the other roommates are willing to live on microwave food and sacrifice being able to use your kitchen instead of just cleaning it yourselves until your lease is up. The messy roommate is obviously not going to do it. It seems like you are only punishing yourselves by trying to make a point. The fact that it smells that bad indicates that you have god knows what growing in there. You could all end up getting sick from the microbes you have festering in there.
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It seems kind of silly to me that you and the other roommates are willing to live on microwave food and sacrifice being able to use your kitchen instead of just cleaning it yourselves until your lease is up. The messy roommate is obviously not going to do it. It seems like you are only punishing yourselves by trying to make a point. The fact that it smells that bad indicates that you have god knows what growing in there. You could all end up getting sick from the microbes you have festering in there.
Yeah, I've got to agree. It sucks that it's that disgusting, but apparently she isn't going to clean it up. You guys need to do it yourselves, and sit down with her and tell her that it needs to stay clean. It's ridiculous that you can't use your own kitchen because of ONE roommate... I'm sorry you're stuck in this situation, but you and the other roommates should do something about it. Just IMO.
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