Post # 1
A little back story here… I am currently taking my administrative degree classes and in my diverse learners class, we were talking about interventions. There are different ways of tracking the effectiveness of the intervention. One way caught my attention – the number of days the student can go without needing a redirection or otherwise. So I thought, why not do that for eating healthy?
My goal is to lose 75 pounds in the next 13 months. Of course, sooner would be terrific! I have struggled with eating healthy and so I am looking for accountability. I’m working on changing my habits and adding in exercise, but in the meantime, I am going to have a tally going of the number of days I can go sticking to healthy meals and no snacks. Too often when I have tried changing habits in the past, I have ate something unhealthy and declared the rest of the week a waste. Which doesn’t make any sense. Working on changing my mindset…
I am starting tomorrow and my goal to start with is just one day. Starting small, making it attainable, and planning on stretching it out longer than one day. Anyone else in?
Post # 2
- Wedding: February 2018 - Emerald at Queensridge
Unless you’re starting out at a verrrrry high weight, 75 pounds is a looooot for only three months time! Sometimes slower is better for weight loss in order to minimize on getting loose skin. It’s okay to eat snacks. Sometimes it’s about what you’re putting into your body and not how much. As long as you’re eating “clean snacks” such as veggies and hummus or a piece of fruit, you should be okay to have some snacks. Justd make sure you’re eating enough throughout the day. You don’t want to eat too little and risk dizzy spells or anything like that.
Post # 3
sarahrivka : She wrote 13 months not 3
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LoveAndLaughter : I’m trying to lose 75 lbs as well! I’m just over 3 months in and down 22 lbs 😀
I use MyFitnessPal to help with accountability. And pre-planning all my meals for the week has been really helpful as well. I also don’t focus on being perfect. As long as I stay under my calorie goal I don’t worry about if everything’s i ate that day was healthy. Of course, I try to stick to healthy options but in my mind it’s a good compromise if I can give into the occasional craving and still stick to my calorie goal.
Good luck on your weight loss journey!
Post # 5
LoveAndLaughter : I am hold a free accountability group if you would like to join. It is going to be a Clean eating series. If this is something that interests you, send me a message and I can give you more details!
Post # 6
LoveAndLaughter : The app MyFitnessPal has an option where you can scan the barcode of everything that you eat and it tracks it. It takes some commitment, but it’s pretty cool. It gives you nutritional breakdowns during the day–if you ate too much sugar, not enough iron or a certain vitamin, etc. It’s pretty cool. I can’t commit to it every day, but I do it off and on.
It also tracks your exercise, so you earn calories to eat when you exercise X amount. And you set your current weight and target weight and it gives you a designated amount of calories/exercise depending on that.
It’s pretty cool, in my opinion 🙂
Post # 7
LoveAndLaughter : Hi Bee! In January 2017 I decided to make a lifestyle change by eating a ketogenic diet. This is a high fat, moderate protein and low carb way of eating. It eliminates grains, sugars, legumes, soy and all other inflammatory ingredients. Numerous people have experienced drastic weight loss success along with healing of all kinds. I only had 15lbs to lose and for that reason am a slow loser. I have lost 7 lbs in 3 months but progress is progress.
If you are interested in more information on the ketogenic diet check out http://www.ketovangelist.com. There is also a great support great on Facebook called Ketogenic Success.
Keto is not a pyramid scheme or product but eating real foods.
Good luck with your goals!
Post # 8
I’m open to accountability, though I have different goals! I’m slim but out of shape and could definitely eat less sugar.
For me, it helps to poke around online (like all those crazy bento box moms on Instagram) to get ideas of healthy things to include in my lunches. I snack throughout the work day but everything is in such moderate portions that it works out well for me. I get ideas of things to buy or try out, plus it helps to keep my lunches varied week to week.
For snacks, one thing I do (and particularly encourage my boyfriend to do) is to pre-portion it out. I bought tiny little containers and use the snack sized baggies so that I can portion it out when I’m NOT hungry. And when snacking at home, I portion out the amount I’m going to have on a plate and put the container away. It’s more effort to get up and get a refill, and helps me to stop and evaluate rather than having the whole package next to me.
Lastly, I’m working on adding in ‘good’ things, rather than taking ‘bad’ things out. Maybe a goal of water intake, fruits and veggies, etc. I figure they’ll naturally crowd out the ‘bad’ things, especially if I work on meeting my quotas before indulging.
Still… it’s really a work in progress. Again, I’m not trying to lose any weigh, so a big thing for me is exercise, which is the part I have the least self discipline about! My boyfriend lives about 1500 miles away so when I get home from work at 6 pm, all I want to do is Skype with him and relax. Especially in the winter when it’s already getting dark!
Post # 9
I’ve lost right at 20lbs so far this year, but now I’m focusing on getting more muscles lol! We started with the 24 day challenge and it taught us when and what to eat and made it easier to make it a lifestyle change. We also didn’t eat our for 43 days straight, so we saved hundred! I will say that you should be eating a lot of small meals, AND snacks.. obviously just healthy snacks. I feel like I eat all the damn time. The most important thing that needs to happen is a mind set change! Good luck!
Post # 10
I’m working on losing 75 lbs, too!! It probably won’t all happen before the wedding, but if I were to lose 2 lbs a week consistently then I would actually be able to do that :p. I’m trying to be mega-realistic with myself, though, and take every single day just one day at a time. I’m only two weeks in, but I’m definitely going strong!
I’ve been active day switching between working out and active rest. I’ve also been cooking only at home, created a small morning routine of exercises I do every morning as soon as I roll out of bed, and I drink a gallon+ of water a day. I’ve also been writing about it all in word documents, which I’m considering just turning into an actual blog.
I’ve actually lost a significant amount of weight in the past, but gained it back over a period of years because I just basically stopped exercising and eating as well as soon as I reached a place I felt good about, which now I realize is something I can’t do if I actually value my health. It was hard, though, at first because I still like to think of myself as the person who was super athletic and could workout really hard like when I had first lost weight and started getting fit. This time, I forced myself to start low impact so I’m having to slowly work my way up even with modifications of exercise. Also, this time, I’m slowly moving out grains. As in, I won’t buy anymore when I’m grocery shopping and then won’t eat them when all of them leave the cabinet, but I have already gotten rid of all the unhealthy stuff that was in our cabinets.
Anyways, I know we can do this! We just have to take it one day at a time! Good luck!