Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
It’s confession time here: Since my wedding in Oct 2013, I’ve been slowly putting on the pounds. I weighted about 139 lbs at the wedding and felt good. Today I weighed myself and I have to report it’s crept up to 148.6 lbs! Waaa! My jeans are locked up in the closet and I’m only wearing stretchy leggins at the moment. Oh dear!
I’m a PhD student that is writing up my thesis. A process that is both tiring, stressful and involves long hours sitting on my ass – a recipe for disaster! I’ve been tired and having trouble sleeping because of stress. I think it’s lead me to eat more and be a lot less motivated to work out.
I’ve tried weightwatchers in the past and had good success, but budget it an issue right now as we are saving for an international move after I finish up. I’m open to any suggestions that will help me curb the stress snacking and get me motivated to exercise. Anyone going or been through a similar situation?
Post # 2
Honestly water, water, and more water!! I have learned that most all times I am hungry it really is because I am thirsty. I truly feel you pain. I am a couple months out before I finish my masters and I gained a little but cracked down of eating and snacking and feel so much more energetic!!
Post # 3
MyFitnessPal.com, sticking to a 0.5lb a week target loss and eating more protein/less sugar.
Post # 4
I second myfitnesspal.com at a 0.5lb or 1lb per week target loss.
When I was writing my masters, I found that I couldn’t help but snack, so I made sure the only snacks available to me were carrot sticks, celery sticks, and fruit. At least that way, it’s healthy snacks!
For exercise, hype it up in your mind as a break from sitting and thinking about your thesis. Think of it as “yay! I get to think about whatever I want to for the next 30 minutes!” For me, the key to working out is having a work out buddy because then I feel responsible to someone else to go and it’s more fun!