After my second bowl of brownie batter tonight, I realized, I want to be healthy

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

lunch and dinner: an animal protein+green vegetables

 

snack on fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs

 

that’s what works for me eating wise. i can’t say exercise, cause i don’t 🙁

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

@chasesgirl:  Good for you!  I stay motivated by keeping an exercise log (I’ve always felt internally motivated by checklists).  I work out 5 times a week, and I am always kept accountable by my log!

As far as food, focus on lean meats, fruits, and vegetables.  That’s what I (try to) do.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Drink only water tea and coffee. The majority of your food intake should be protein and vegetables. Limit your carbohydrate and processed food intake.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I keep a daily workout log, I’m training for a marathon right now, so running is awesome for weight loss, etc.

I eat 5 times a day (proteins like shakes, hard boiled eggs, greek yogurt with almonds – yum!).  Dinners lately have been veggie stir frys with brown rice and chicken salads without the heavy dressings (we use light fat free stuff or sprinkle mrs dash and a little olive oil to mix everything up).

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

unrelated- you have me craving brownie batter…

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

DRINK WATER!  Eliminate juices, soft drinks, energy drinks, full fat lattes, etc.  Eat your calories, don’t drink them! 

-I’m not saying to skip your morning juice or milk, but read the serving sizes on the juice container… many of them have so much sugar.  Drink coffee black, or with skim milk instead of cream.  Small changes add up! 

EAT CLEAN!  Avoid processed foods.  Focus on fresh fruits and veggies.  Increase lean protein.  Swap out refined carbs like white bread/rice/pasta for a whole grain variety.  Don’t eat packaged what you can prepare fresh.  Reduce or eliminate all processed sugars.  If you want something sweet, have a piece of fruit.  If you are chocoholic, that’s ok, but opt for a small piece of dark chocolate to satisfy the craving. 

Snack often, but eat smaller meals.  Add some kind of protein to every snack and meal.  Like oatmeal every morning?  Get the plain oats and use almond milk, cinnamon, and honey for a naturally fulfilling breakfast.  Pair a piece of fruit with some yogurt or nuts.  Dip veggies in hummus or have a string cheese with some whole grain crackers.

-I don’t think people need to completely cut out carbs, vegetables are carbs after all!  Carbs are also necessary for energy.

Try joining MyFitnessPal- it’s free!  It’s a quick easy way to track what you’re eating and helps you identify for yourself where you can make improvements.

I think you’re off to a great start by tossing the batter and making a plan to get healthy.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way 🙂  You can doooooo eeeeet!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@chasesgirl:  I’m pregnant now, so I don’t do what I once did.  But I went from being completely out of shape, overweight, and eating crap to vastly improving my numbers and losing weight (numbers like cholestrol, blood pressure, and I *was* pre-diabetic and now I’m not, which is the best part).

I enjoy kickboxing and zumba.  I like the fast pace.  I like that it burns a lot of calories but is a lot of fun to do so you don’t feel like you’re working out for an hour but you really feel like you did a lot.  I also like kettlebell work outs and long walks with my girls.  

As far as food, I taught myself to cook and bake a few years ago (my mother was a cook out of the box kind of woman) and that’s really helped me a lot.  I love getting inspiration from Food Network and making healthy versions of the good stuff, but until I learned how to do that, I relied on healthy recipes (You’ll see quickly how they reduce calories in stuff)… Cooking Light magazine is awesome.. especially if you’re into like comfort food and stuff.  Skinny Taste blog is great.  If you want to get into super healthy stuff, try Oh She Glows blog.  There are a lot of paleo blogs out there and clean eating blogs, both of which will help you learn more about the best stuff to put in your body.  

To stay motivated, I keep one pair of my old size 22 jeans in a drawer.  It’s been years since they would fit.. I’m 32 weeks pregnant and they’d still fall off.  It’s a good reminder of where I’ve been so even on “fat days” I can think that I’ve really accomplished something.  I also like to worry more about how I feel than the scale.  I have more energy now, despite my health issues, much clearer skin that I get complimented on frequently, and I don’t feel as self-conscious in public.  I’m not thin now, I’m not trying to pretend I am, but I know that I’m moving in the right direction.  I’m at a 14 now and hoping to get to my goal of a size 10 post-baby.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Omg, sorry that was so long! I’m just really passionate about changing my life, not just with weight, but in many facets.  I get a little long-winded 🙁

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@chasesgirl:  Good for you! I have found running goals to be the best way to get my butt motivated. Did you do that in high school? Because I’ve just started picking it up after about 6 months off and it’s kind of like riding a bike. When I first started, my goal was just to run for one minute every ten minutes during a 30 minute walk. Then I got up to 5K lengths and did two half marathons. It’s the only form of exercise I’ve done where I feel more interested in the mental benefits of the exercise itself as opposed to what affect it has on my body (although the weight loss was great, too!)

As far as foods, I also try to eat protein and vegetables for dinner, but I don’t follow a strict diet — just mostly stay away from soda and processed foods. So any dessert or junk food I have has to be something I went to the trouble of making as opposed to just eating straight from the box (so tempting!!). In this case, my own laziness is my best ally!

Edited to say: my favorite food blogs are The Smitten Kitchen, Ellie Krieger on the Food Network, For the Love of the South, and Green Kitchen Stories. I also just got a new cookbook called Plenty which has lots of delicious, low fat mediterranean inspired dishes in it.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

How much weight do you have to lose?

I would focus on diet for the first month or two rather than exercise. Exercise often makes people feel like they deserve a treat in the form of something like brownie batter. Get your calories to around 1400 – 1600 (depending on how much you need to lose) then exercise once you have the hang of it. 

Best advice is to join My Fitness Pal to track your food and don’t cheat! If you deny what you are eating you will never lose weight and keep it off.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Don’t buy brownie mix.  Don’t buy Velveeta cheese.  Anything that has a long shelf life is probably bad for you (with the exception of beans and rice…I’m sure there are a few others).  

You can be healthy without going to extremes, too.  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Definitely clear the unhealthy stuff out of the house 🙂 it’s really hard to resist the temptation if it’s there for the NOMing 😉

One of my favorite healthy eating cookbooks is Eating for Life by Bill Phillips. If you’re not used to cooking, it makes things really easy by showing you pictures of the ingredients and keeping the recipes relatively simple.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2330/2162806304_75223a5130.jpg?v=0There’s a large variety of food to choose from, and it’s really easy to maintain.  It’s not a ‘diet’ of deprivation, it’s just healthy versions of everyday food. 

I ♥ MyFitnessPal.  It’s really keeping me on track, and there’s a wonderful crew of Bees!

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/2014-brides-lets-be-myfitnesspal-friends#axzz2Vuu5klfX

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jpalm13:  ikr? Argh.

@DaneLady:  Agreed 100%

I’m petite but wasn’t in good shape at all. I started gaining weight in the past year or so, so I started doing 30 Day Shred. Worked through that, started cleaning up my eating habits (eating when I’m hungry, smaller portions, eating better). I drink water most of the time. I drink coffee in the morning (just a small cup) and only have soda if we go out to eat and they have Pepsi (otherwise I get unsweetened iced tea). I try to exercise 5 days a week. Right now I’m doing Jillian’s Ripped in 30. I don’t try to deprive myself or eat 100% healthy or perfect. I still have ice cream (but rarely, and small portions), carbs, and a little junk food here and there. I don’t count calories or own a scale. 

As far as recipes go, I love Pinterest. Favorite sites from there:

http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/ – lots of info and recipes on clean eating & grocery list helper

http://skinnymom.com/category/food/

And then other random recipes that I have saved.

Post # 16
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Newbee

I just wanted to tell you about the website skinnytaste.com

 

A woman made recipes healthier and she has a tonnnnnnn. They are weight watchers technically and so they have the points but she also lists the calories and I have never once made something that wasn’t amazing! It is a great resource for healthy food!

 

Good luck : )

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