(Closed) Boyfriend cheated on me. I'm angry. How do I kickstart weight loss?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Low carb, low GI, high protein & animal fat diet. Lots of meat and eggs, butter, oil/vinegar dressing (with no sugar), lots of green vegetables, moderate (hard) cheese, little bit of low-GI fruits, no bread, no pasta, no rice. Keep carbs under 20-50 per day. (20 is best and will really jump start your weight loss… 50 won’t give you as much momentum but some people can still get into ketosis that way.)

Your body usually burns the sugars (carbohydrates) in what you eat for fuel, but if you don’t give it any, it has to switch to burning fat. The “switch” feels horrendous (think hitting the wall when running, since that’s exactly what that is) but once you’re past it you feel great and you burn fat just by being alive. πŸ™‚ As you get going, you can sloooowwwwly add back Low glycemic index carbs, and eventually just transition to a moderate carb but very very low glycemic index lifestyle. It’s very healthy!
 
One tip, doing heavy, long cardio will make you crave carbs. “Paleo” workouts are a better compliment — lift and carry heavy things, walk at a moderate pace for a long way, sprint short distances. The workouts our ancestors got. (Kettlebells are the best workout accessory!)

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My face is skeptical at the moment, but if you want to turn this negative thing into a positive (for life) change, i’ll give you the info that worked for me.

 

When I used sparkpeople.com (it’s like fitness pal, I tihnk) I dropped weight like nobodies business and I was completely shocked. Basically, you put in your current weight, and it gives you info on a future healthy weight (with a goal date) and gives you advice. It’s got a food tracker for you to input your meals and it calculates your calories. It’s also got a fitness tracker (with daily and weekly goals) for you to input fitness activities and goals. The part that helped me the most was it’s water counter (I needed it)

 

I barely use it anymore, but I’m going to kick it into gear again after the holidays. It’s basically an all around tool to help you get into a healthy lifestyle- NOT to help you drop pounds fast. But you’ll accomplish your goals and feel better doing it if you follow it’s advice to the letter. It’s even got a meal planning thingy with recipes and grocery shopping lists, if you don’t mind trying new meals.

 

Drink water, try not to sit around too much, and think positive, beautiful thoughts about yourself. πŸ™‚ If it’s the choice between getting healthy, and dragging your feet because of some asshole, I tihnk you’ve chosen the better option. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Bebealways:  our ancesters didn’t necessarily live any healthier than we do, but I find this interesting on an anthopological level…

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with the PP. I also use myfitnesspal as a way to track calories I need and calories burned. It helps me stay on track.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My sister started running… she did couch to 5k and is noe up to running half marathons. It was a healthy way to let steam out. It is especially great if you can add some type of strength training (I love bodypump). Use your anger to get strong.

And, it should go without saying, no guy worth keeping would cheat on you because of your weight. Any guy worth being will love you for you.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AnonBee543:  I’m so sorry to hear about what happened to you..!  On the other hand, I think it’s awesome that you have this great motivated attitude to really better yourself.  

I know all bodies are different and respond to diet/exercise in different ways, but I found what’s been most successful for me recently is to eat protein-heavy meals with only a handful of carbs (at most) with most meals, frequent meals throughout the day… drinking a TON of water before eating and limiting a lot of sugar intake.  

What I found really interesting (by using the “My Fitness Pal” app on my phone) is that I haven’t been consuming nearly enough calories daily and have been putting my body into “starvation mode”.  I didn’t do this intentionally, but my career involves me running around the office a lot.  So what used to happen is that I would lose all these pounds that were gained back SO easily as soon as I ate big meals again.  I also learned that on some days I was eating over my sugar and cholesterol limits, so I’m really conscious of what I put into my body.  If you don’t have the app, I highly suggest you download it or check out their website!

And at the gym, I would force myself to run on the treadmill for as long as I could.. then alternate between that and speed walking.  Did wonders!  Now I have to buy smaller dress pants πŸ™‚  As much as I dislike the treadmill, it works SO much better than all the other cardio equipment at the gym.. for me, at least!  I heard running and swimming are the best cardio for weight loss and toning.  Good luck to you!  And keep us posted πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Asia:  On a lot of levels they didn’t, true, although I agree with evidence I’ve seen that suggests grains and vegetable oils are mostly a bad addition, though some grains (especially rice) can be redeemed by lowering the glycemic index of the meal with fat.

I mostly reference that because our bodies are meant to do those kinds of exercises more than we’re meant to run on a treadmill or exercise bike for an hour. To accomodate long stretches of high cardio, the body calls for more glucose in the form of carbs and you crave bread/pasta/sweets. Any exercise is better than none, but when you’re doing low carb, it makes life a lot easier to do the “paleo/primal” style exercises which don’t trigger the carb cravings so much. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@AnonBee543:  Try Bikram Yoga!!! It is great for working out your anger, really jumpstarts some weight loss, and ultimately it’s an amazing lifestyle change you can really stick with. You get sucked into it, and it really improves your overall health. I’ve been doing it for a about 3 years now, and I honestly cannot believe what it has done for my health — plus it makes you better at dealing with stress and anger, which is always useful after an ugly breakup!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@AnonBee543:  I think you should try to get into some hard core cardio stuff. but don’t just do it the perscribed 30min a day and make sure you’ve got some interval sprint stuff worked into it. I’d try to get in an hour at a time if possible (I barely feel warmed up at the 30 min mark) I personally love swimming (the all inclusive workout b/c it’s resistance AND cardio) and cycling. ESPECIALLY if the workout is lead by someone. It’s harder to quit in the middle of the workout and it’s easier to push yourself if someone is telling you to. As for diet, I’d initially cut the fast food, sodas, and greasy food. Start introducing more veggies and smaller portions. Once you get used to that you can focus more on caloric intake and such.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh USE THE ANGER!!! sweat it OUT … Men suck… ok not aaaaalll men!! Use this time to build yourself up, do some yoga … run your arse off .. eat so healthy .. meh what ex b/f ??? focus on YOU … t hat’s always when your not expecting THE one to come around.

@Woodstock:  swimming is awesome, not hard on any joints and you seriously sweat while you’re swiming !!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You know what is fun and will boost your self esteem….pole dancing classes! I swear to God, I dropped like 15 lbs in a month just doing those classes. You use your own body weight for everything. It is difficult but so much fun and very empowering. It is not trashy, though it may sound like it. Where I go, there are women of all shapes, sizes and ages. I used to go with my mom!!!

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