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Okay, Bees, I need your help! I took a good, hard look at myself in the mirror this morning… and wasn’t exactly happy with what I saw. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not extremely overweight, but I have gained about 10-15lbs since we got engaged. FI tells me he’s gained about 25-30! Whoa! I have NEVER struggled with weight, in fact, I was the skinny girl everyone hated because I swear I could eat an entire pizza and LOSE 5lbs. 🙂 FI, however, has ALWAYS struggled with his weight (he got up to 300lbs right after high school).
So here’s what I would like from the hive, and I’m hoping this is useful to others as well. I need recipe ideas: healthy, light, but filling and yummy recipes to help us lose a few and look our best on the big day! Also, neither of us have ever worked out a day in our lives, so if you have any beginner exercise tips or routines, that would be nice too!
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I always recommend Self.com or magazine tips. Sign up for the Self Challenge on the website. You get emails with recipes and new exercises. I love Self because I don’t work out, but the moves are easy, and just keeping track of your eating habits makes you want to change.
Also, I don’t look for "healthy" recipes so much as I replace ingredients. I buy whole grain pastas and breads, and use frozen or fresh veggies instead of the salty canned stuff. We eat a lot of cabbage, collard greens, and salads for side dishes. Instead of sour cream, you can usually sub in regular unflavored yogurt.
Also, if you want to do something fun to work out, look for a Zumba class in your area. You will have so much fun dancing around you won’t notice that you’re working out until you’re drenched in sweat at the end. you can also buy the videos.
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If you need healthy inspiration, I like Cooking Light magazine – they also have online recipes. Good luck!
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! Except I forgot to mention… FI will not eat ANY fresh veggies. He absolutely HATES lettuce, and he’ll only eat veggies if they are cooked. That presents a huge challenge for me!
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Yeah, what FlipFlopBride and Erindesmar said Cooking Light is great. I too get the Self e-mails and there are plenty of great recipes in there. Oxygen magazine too … it’s more for hard-core fitness people (that’s me!) but I have found plenty of tasty, healthy recipes in there. Shape magazine might have some good workout tips for you too.
Not sure if you’re interested in this sort of thing but I can’t say enough about Weight Watchers. I too put on about 15 lbs. after starting a new job that radically changed my schedule (and led me to stress eating). WW was totally like re-programming my attitude toward food. I know some people don’t like being "on a plan" but that’s the kind of thing I need and I think most people do well when they’re given some guidance, IMO. Those 15 pounds are history! And they’ve stayed that way for almost two years.
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Miss Snowflake: here is what I’ve done in an effort to eat healthier (and OMG, I just FEEL better not having JUNK in my system). I always try to eat a salad at some point in the day. FI doesn’t care too much for salad either so I get those premixed salads (I love the Champs Elyssas mix from Trader Joes cause it has carrots and stuff in it too) and then I’ll just throw a side salad with whatever meal I’m having. It makes me eat less. For example, I made chicken parm the other night. I skipped the pasta and had my chicken with sauce with salad. FI ate the pasta. It isn’t too hard to "cook for two" in that aspect.
When I’m looking for recipes I usually go to cooking light website or just google searchby saying something like "macaroni and cheese weight watchers" and it will give your favorite foods in a reduced fat recipe. I’ve done it with chili, tacos, mac&cheese, meatloaf, etc…
You may also want to check out Hungry Girl’s 200 under 200 cookbook, I heard its pretty good!
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Yay Hungry Girl’s book! i have it and love it. Also, allrecipes.com is good.
Oh man, no raw veggies? That’s tough but not TOO bad. You’re looking at soups and beans and lean meats. Also grilled foods. Learn to marinate everything! Yum. It saves me. Do you have a BBQ grill? it makes things taste much better. Since we all know when you’re on the "diet" you’re scaling back the carbs and cheeses and whatnot, you’ll want to try starting out small: subbing whole wheat for white and stuff like that.
What does he normally eat?
I try to rationalize myself. "how hungry am i? it will still be there tomorrow, so i can either eat it all now or savor more tomorrow" so i try that route. Sometimes i just eat snacks for dinner, too. After all, how much food do you need 2 hours befoer bed, right? Do eggs for breakfast, then you’re almost forced to eat a lighter lunch.
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Now I looooove Allrecipes.com, but I have to say.. I only make meals from there if we have company. I also make a ton of the desserts on that website for social gatherings… however it is TERRIBLE for healthy recipes. It seems like 99% of the recipes call for a cup of cheese (or more!) You can always adapt the recipes & make it healthier, which I’ve done a ton of times… but its still not necessarily healthy or low-cal.
Cooking light is wonderful! They have the best recipes & whole clean tasting food. I would suggest something from there.
So your FI doesn’t like any veggies, or only cooked ones? If he likes cooked veggies then you’re good! A lot of people don’t like salads.. I personally don’t. They can get so boring! Have you ever tried "hiding" veggies in your dishes like people do for their kids!? Jessica Seinfeld’s book is apparently pretty good… Deceptively Delicious!
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Wow, girls, thanks! I know I used to eat a LOT healthier before FI and I moved in together. But cooking/eating dinner together is the one part of the day that we share together, no matter what.
@ejs4y8: Before we got together, he lived off frozen pizzas and fast food. I know, I know… at least we rarely eat out at all anymore, only if it’s a special occasion or if there really isn’t anything to cook in the house.
Thanks for all the great advice, ladies! I didn’t want to really "diet", because I am sooo used to being able to just eat whatever I want without consequences. I guess all the little choices really do add up, huh?
Post # 13
If your guy is a fast food man (mine is too, to an extent) you may want to check out Fast Food Fix by Devin Alexander. I have’t used it yet but its supposed to do a good job of reflecting fast food favorites in fat free ways!
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Will you both eat fish? I like to put some salt, pepper, and lemon juice on a salmon filet, then brush mustard on top, bake it for about 20 minutes (until it’s *almost* done) and then turn the broiler on high until the mustard forms a crust. It’s really yummy and healthy! And it’s super easy, so we eat it like once a week.
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For working out definitely ALWAYS stretch before you do anything, even running. Get a few Shape magazines I love them. Great advice and exersices that will help. As for the healthy recipes let me get back to you i have hundreds! what specifically do you like?
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I made a killer faux lasagna this weekend using eggplant slices instead of noodles. So good!