Post # 1
I was into professional gymnastics until I was 16 and diagnosed with a medical condition that enabled my ability to continue. I was greatly hindered in my ability to work out. So I went from being 95 lbs at 5ft to 110. Then from 18-19 I was in a very bad relationship and got up to 130lbs. While I know that is not fat I still felt very very large for what I was used to. Well I started working out at and got back down to 105ish, but then I got a new job and somehow I am back around 120 and a little squishy. I would be happy at 120 if I wasn’t squishy. How do I keep the weight off?
I am going to go back to the gym and I am going start working out again but it seems that if I am not working out 4 times a week I just put the weight right back on. I know I am never going to be at my gymnastics weight ever again but when you spent 12 years in a world that tells you any amount of flab is unacceptable you get self conscious
How do I live a life without having to be is the gym all the damn time
Post # 3
@Ibblet: Can you give us an idea of what you’re eating on a daily basis? You’ve talked about your activity level going up and down, but diet plays a huge role 🙂
Post # 4
@ANGELaaimt: It varies greatly, most mornings I drink a special K shake, But on mornings when i have meetings I usually pick at whatever food is at the meeting.
Lunch is my badspot because I have to run home to let the dog out and I am really rushed so I tend to eat gas station hot dogs or premade sandwhiches >.<
Dinner, Normally chicken and veggies , or hamburger helper, or pasta and chicken. We eat a bunch of chicken. To the point where i am anemic cause I dont eat enoug iron.
For snacks I eat nuts and peanut butter and celery, around the time for aunt flow to come I eat sweets like mad 🙁
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@Ibblet: Yikes, hot dogs and those premade sandwhiches are gross! Once in a while, yeah, but that’s not the greatest habit to have. I think having a bunch of easy and healthy lunch options is the way to go.
We make lots of healthy, veggie-rich stews and chilis and freeze them in glass tupperwares, so you can always pull one out of the freezer. We also buy chicken and steak when it’s on sale, put it in quart size ziplocks with marinade, freeze it (the marinade keeps it from getting freezer burned), and always have some grilled or baked in the fridge. I keep a bunch of baby spinach and peppers in the fridge and whip up big salads with this grilled meat almost every day for lunch.
What you eat is really 80% of your weight loss / gain, so I’d focus there!
ETA: sorry, didn’t mean to sound judgey. I LOVE corndogs and could eat the shit out of them every single day of my life – but it’s a killer for the ol diet 😉
Post # 6
@lolot: Yeah, they are gross. But, I just never remember to premake stuff for my lunch.
Post # 7
@Ibblet: I usually don’t have the time in the mornings to make a nice lunch, and I tend to forget in the evenings. What I ended up doing was making a bunch of stuff on Sundays, and pre-packaging it in daily portions to be able to quickly grab in the AM. 🙂
The special K shake wouldn’t work for me in the mornings. It’s not filling enough, and I’d want to snack before lunch, or nosh on something terrible for me by the time lunch came around.
I do love nuts for snacks, but they’re very calorie dense, so just keep an eye on portions. Dried fruit scratches my ‘sweet’ itch, if you want to try that for your monthly cravings.
Here’s a list of some iron rich foods you can add in, if you’re not a fan of red meat: http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness/iron-rich-foods
Unfortunately, you can kill yourself in the gym every day, but if you don’t eat well, it’s almost a wasted effort.
Post # 8
Okay, you NEED to make a change. Force yourself to shop healthier and make healthier choices. You cannot eat processed crap and expect to look amazing. Bad-for-you foods are okay ONCE IN A WHILE, but they are NOT okay as diet staples.
I eat breakfast every morning (cereal with almond milk, coffee, banana), followed by a morning snack (apples and peanut butter), bring my lunch (leftovers, Amy’s frozen something, sandwich), and then eat a decent, homemade dinner with REAL ingredients (protein + veg + starch).
Post # 9
I’ve found that changing my diet only works if it’s easy enough to become a daily routine. This is what has worked for me and helped me keep my wedding weight off:
We cook a lot of our dinners from the website skinnytaste.com. Most of the recipes are lower calorie/low fat versions of dishes we already love, and of course a few new ones. It doesn’t feel like I’m on a “diet” when I eat these dishes, because they really are delicious! It’s just the two of us, but we usually make enough for 4 so we can refrigerate or freeze the leftovers and use them for lunches throughout the week. I’m in no way paid by skinnytaste.. just a big fan!
Post # 10
@AlliMayWedding: I <3 Skinnytaste too! Everything I’ve made has been fantastic so far!