Post # 1
Ok ladies, I really need to get my butt motivated & drop some weight. I’m currently the largest I’ve been since having my daughter 7 yrs ago. I am in a size 16, which is sooooo depressing to me. But, I struggle daily with my food choices, and also have such a hard time getting any exercise in.
This past weekend I was able to get outside & walked my neighborhood for about 45 minutes while my daughter rode her bike, and I am definitely feeling it in my muscles today. But, I need to do this on a regular basis.
The other struggle I face is that FI has a major sweet tooth, and so do I!!! So, he’s always got cookies around, and I have such a hard time saying no to them. I need to really avoid those to try to drop some of this!
I have switched to water starting this weekend also. I am a Diet Coke-aholic, so I’m trying to limit myself to only one a day, rather than 2 – 3, and replacing the rest with water & Crystal Light. (I know myself well, I can’t go cold-turkey to water or I’ll end up right back on the soda, so the Crystal Light packets in my water bottle is helping me avoid that).
Please let me know how else I can drop about 20 lbs w/out feeling like I’m really “on a diet”…… Help!!!
Post # 3
Have you thought about trying Weight Watchers? It’s really helpful in “teaching” you how to eat right and portion food better. Also, is joining a gym an option? If not, you may want to invest in some workout DVDs. If walking is your thing, I’ve heard great things about Leslie Sansone’s “Walk off the Pounds.” Also, the Biggest Loser workout DVDs are also great.
Post # 4
I have also heard great things about weight watchers; it has really worked well for a few women at my work. Would your husband be on board? or is he not interested in being more healthy too?
Post # 5
Cutting down on the diet coke is great, I read a study that says drinking that as opposed to non-diet soda can make you gain more weight. It’d be great if I could remember the reason why but I don’t lol. Definitely drink as much water as you can, 64oz being the goal to work up to. Ask your hubs to cut down, to help you. I can’t have tempting stuff in the house either. My FI understands that so we don’t buy it (he just gets his fill when he’s at work or out with friends). I think if you find the time to exercise at least 3 times a week, you won’t have to be AS strict about ‘dieting’. You’ll also want to work up to doing cardio AND some weight training. The weights add muscle, which helps you reduce fat faster. Good luck!
EDIT- I agree with the ladies. Weight Watchers was amazing. I lost about 20 lbs when I was in college (freshman 15 and then some). I was still able to eat whatever I wanted, only in moderation.
Post # 6
Just clean up your diet!
Cut out the “extras” – chips, cookies, candy etc. Are there cookies that your FI likes that don’t tempt you? Or could you get him on board too?
Once you clean up your diet your body will crave the healthy foods. When you are eating clean that means no processed foods and everything cooked from scratch. Here is a sample menu for some ideas:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar and apples
Lunch: Pita with veggies and chicken breast and a little bit of sauce
Snack: Baked pita chips (made by you – cut up a pita and bake for 5 min) and hummus
Dinner: Chicken Breast with wild rice and a vegetable
Post # 7
Thanks so much ladies, I really need the support. I am really trying to clean up my diet. I have put together 6 meals this weekend & they’re in the freezer, so we can have less take-out. And, I am off to the store this afternoon to stock up on my lunch options & snacks too.
I haven’t checked into joining Weight Watchers, but I am using SparkPeople.com to count my cals & track my fitness. I injured my back very badly last summer, which is when I started packing on these pounds. Previously I’d be walking about 4 – 5 miles approx 4 days a week. The doctors all told me I need to get back to that, they say that walking is the very best thing I can do for my back. So, I am using that as a motivator as well.
I know I can do this, it’s just going to be some hard work. But, if I could drop 20 lbs by September, I’d be soooooo happy!
Post # 8
Oh yeah, told FI he needs to buy only the Oatmeal Raisin cookies too, those are the ones I really cannot stand, LOL! No temptation there for me if those are in the house. And, he’s pretty good about the rest of the stuff, if I just remind him that I need to get to my goal.
Post # 9
I swear to god we are the same person, and the tipping point was the oatmeal raisin cookie agreement, fortunately the FI loves them and I do not. I have only had luck losing weight when I am exercising regularly; it helps a ton with the sweet tooth cravings, and I’m not fixated on my next meal.
I just started the Couch to 5k program, and it is awesome…totally awesome. Each step is challenging, but it allows me to build gradually. I feel like I have a fighting chance, and the best part is that it is free. I am not a runner, I have never run, but the Couch to 5k has made me feel like a new woman.
Post # 10
I’d recommend Weight Watchers, finding an exercise program/activity that excites you, and reading The Beck Diet Solution. Good luck–you can do it!
Post # 11
Oh I’m a complete sweet-tooth person! We started buying popsicles and the mini-ben and jerry’s, they’re a single-serve size. If I have a pint I’ll consider that a single serve haha! The popsicles really do help though, I thought that it would be kind of a joke but I really find myself satisfied with one when I get a real craving. That and fruit snacks. If you love cookies, get the 100 calorie packs, they really do help you keep from eating too much. I have NO control with serving sizes so even though it’s a little more expensive it’s worth it! 🙂
@Kingcake: What’s the couch to 5k program!?
Post # 12
I agree that trying to get a lot of the junk out of the house is a good idea. I have a sweet tooth too but I find that if I have to go out and get the sugary junk, I’m less likely to eat it. I would try and find healthy meals that you can make for the entire family so you don’t have to worry about cooking different things for yourself and then everyone else.
Post # 13
Sweet tooth here, too!
For me, Weight Watchers would never work. I need to know what I’m putting into my body, and why it’s good or bad, what kind of energy it gives me, etc. For instance, even though butter has more calories, I cook with it over margarine. I’ve found that eating “whole” or relatively close to whole foods helps your body to know when it’s full. So I make sure I’m eating things that are genuinely healthy, and I don’t worry so much about the calories. (Although I do think exercise is still important.)
As for baked goods, our rule is that we can’t have them around the apartment on a daily basis. It is very possible to become dependent on sugar, and I think many people are. Instead, I bake for us once every two weeks or so. That way I know what’s going into what we’re eating, at least!
Good move with the diet coke… I lost 10 lbs by cutting all diet coke out of my diet about seven years ago. It is truly terrible for you!
Post # 14
Although it’s a tad early for an update on my progress, I will let ya’ll know that I’ve done very well for today. It’s 2:30 & I’m just over 800 calories for today. I’ve had 10 8oz. glasses of water/water with Crystal Light. And, I have a healthy dinner planned. I’m currently headed for bathroom trip # 6 this afternoon, so hopefully that means lots of toxins are getting flushed out! And, I’ve only had one Diet Coke today! Yay me!
Now, I just need to make sure that after I get home I go on my nightly walk. I have two little doggies there who love to walk, so that’s part of my motivation too, it gets them outside to run off some engergy too!
Post # 15
Great job! I haven’t been that good today yet but we don’t really have anything good in the fridge so we’re heading grocery shopping in a few minutes so I don’t have bagel bites for lunch again tomorrow (gasp!). 🙂 Taking the dogs on a walk tonight too, it’s 65 degrees here right now so I’m DYING to go on a walk! 🙂 Congrats on doing so well so far today! Celebrate the small steps along the way, it’s more fun that way haha!
Post # 16
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I have a major sweet tooth that I battle too. One thing I do when I have a craving for something sweet is eat fruit (like clementines) or, if it’s really desperate, have a pint of sorbet on hand. It’s lower in calories than normal ice cream and each pint has 4 servings, so you can easily visualize how much to eat. Usually a few spoonfuls satisfy me.
Your walking is a great start! Any amount of physical activity is better than nothing.