(Closed) How do you stay motivated to eat healthy?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

That’s what I struggle with as well.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I hope someone answers because I am in the same predicament. I did South Beach back in January and lost 20 lbs and have only gained back 2, but after I slipped up I havent been able to get back on track!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

For me, the best thing to do is not even have my tempting foods in the house.  I eat before I grocery shop so I’m not tempted to buy unhealthy foods.  I also allow myself 100-250 calories of whatever I want every day… chocolate, cookies, ice cream… whatever.  It helps knowing that I am not depriving myself; I’m just choosing to eat healthfully.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

same struggle here. 🙁 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m using FitnessPal on my Droid to track what I eat and my exercises. 

Besides the wedding, I’m getting my body ready for a pregnancy so I’ve cut out alcohol except if I go out, which has been cutdown to pay for our wedding. 

If you have the $$$$, book a trainer for a couple of sessions to get a good work out.   Plus, you’ll be able to eat what you want.  Here’s my 1200 daily calorie breakdown:

Breakfast: Tea and yogurt

Lunch- Soup or Salad or Lean Cuisine

Snacks- Couple of the following: Fruit/string cheese/100 calorie snack packs/nuts

Dinner- Whatever I cook for my FI and I.  I just cutback.

Exercise- Evening walk or bike ride w/ FI.  Restarting yoga next month after a yr off due to energy.

Living w/ my FI, I actually put on 5lbs and now I need to lose it to fit my fab wardrobe as well as my dress.  Now I the majority of my co-workers bring food to work and discuss their exercise programs, so there’s always encouragement. 

Good Luck:)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If I know there is a time where I know I’ll have that “urge” to eat crappy food I, a) eat super healthy throughout the first half of the day (no flour, no sugar, all veggies and protein until I reward myself with the yummy food for one meal later on) b) chew gum or drink crystal light to keep my mouth busy but still get that sweet taste or c) go all out, eat crappy, and run my butt off at the gym

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I just don’t buy junk food.  IF I have an occassional craving (maybe once a month), I run to the gas station and grab one thing… that way it’s not a whole bag sitting at home.  

My main motivation is my mental state of mind.  I just think of the good things I’m doing for my body.  Hopefully, in turn, my body will last a little longer and have less health complications.  I guess it’s the health aspect of it… I try and eat healthy as much as possible, but we all have slip ups!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The most effective thing I have found so far is the Game On! Diet, recommended to me by my nutritionist FSIL! You play on a team and you have to ‘keep score’ every day on what you eat (supposed to eat 5 small, balanced meals per day), how much water you drink (supposed to drink 3 liters per day), and whether you exercise (20 minutes per day).

I tend to want to indulge in a glass of wine or a beer every night, but with this diet, you get one free day per week to drink as much as you want and one free meal, which you can have one drink with.

I recommend reading the book because it’s really effing funny, but here’s the website:

http://www.thegameondiet.com/

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@cherrycoke: You can also substitute healthy things for unhealthy things…

Skinny Cow makes AWESOME ice cream/fudge pops, etc.  You can also freeze yogurt and make your own frozen yogurt.

Smoothies are great — fresh fruit, milk, and some yogurt

Dark chocolate is really good for you in small amounts… but that’s the key. 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

ive been doing weight watchers, that way i can basically eat whatever i want (yes, chocolate) as long as i stay within my daily ‘points’ I do it online so i dont even have to go to meetings, etc (i work a lot of hours). I’ve been doing great so far, losing weight and the toning from excersize is so much more dramatic when i’m eating reasonably. I am more cognizant about what foods and how much i’m putting in my mouth, but i still eat whatever– over the easter weekend i had easter candy,  lobster dinner, and drinks (martinis/wine) and didn’t go over my points!

 

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

ive been doing weight watchers, that way i can basically eat whatever i want (yes, chocolate) as long as i stay within my daily ‘points’ I do it online so i dont even have to go to meetings, etc (i work a lot of hours). I’ve been doing great so far, losing weight and the toning from excersize is so much more dramatic when i’m eating reasonably. I am more cognizant about what foods and how much i’m putting in my mouth, but i still eat whatever– over the easter weekend i had easter candy,  lobster dinner, and drinks (martinis/wine) and didn’t go over my points!

 

 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just joined myfitnesspal.com last week, and I really do think it helps me a LOT. It’s nice to see the breakdown of what I’m eating (not just calories, but calcium and vitamin intake, sodium, etc) and it makes me think twice before just mindlessly eating. 

Plus, you can have mfp friends, so it’s sort of like a fitness/dieting only facebook, where you can get encouragement and support. And also, when you’ve had a bad meal splurge- don’t scrap the day. Just remember that you can get right back on track and be healthy, no need to get down on yourself (I tend to do this). 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Don’t buy junk food! That’s one of the biggest helps for me, along with not eating out very much (once every other week). I’ve also been adjusting my diet to eating 5 smaller meals a day (high on protein/veggies/fruit), and I have been so full that I haven’t wanted those unhealthy foods. Definitely give yourself a cheat day a week, but don’t go too overboard on those days!

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