Trying to lose this weight!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Katie918:  hi! 🙂 I have been exactly where you are: I would work out, but in my head that gave me some screwed up justification to eat poorly. then, I learned the hard way (exercising my ASS off but not losing any weight…and actually, gaining at one point) that exercise without a healthy eating habit is at best going to maintain the size you are.

So, my suggestion would be this: learn about healthy eating first. Don’t think of it as a diet or as a punishment of healthy foods. That is boring, and it’s food prison, lol. You’ll be back off the wagon before you can even say “broccoli.” Instead, I suggest watching a documentary on Netflix called Forks Over Knives; that, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Both will give you an idea of why natural, healthy, whole foods are just better for you in the long run. Having some perspective on WHY you’re eating well will help you do it.

As far as actually eating: go out and buy a cookbook! I recommend Cooking Light’s Weeknight Dinners. Everything in there (for the most part) can be cooked in less than an hour–most under 40 minutes–and it’s all healthy. It gives you the nutrition facts, and suggests side dishes to go along with entrees too. Most importantly, it gives you lots of yummy, healthy options! 

Along with the cookbook, make sure you’re using it effectively. Plan ahead! Sit down on Sunday (or whatever day you shop) and plan a menu for the week; write a grocery list and don’t buy anything that’s not on it. You’ll be surprised how fun it is to have new food that’s delicious, and that you can eat guilt free! Plus, there’ll be plenty for leftovers, so lunches are covered. 🙂

An example of my menu this week (all straight from that CL cookbook):

Monday: Potato, Corn, and Leek Chowder with Parmesan Pepper Biscuits on the side

Tuesday: Chicken Chilaquiles, Black Beans on the side

Wednesday: Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms (the fat ones, like 6″ across) with Sliced Tomato, Garlic Cauliflower Mash, and Salad

Thursday: Curry noodles with Tofu (which you could swap for chicken if tofu isn’t your thing) and Red/Yellow Bell Pepper

Friday: Sausage and Bean Casserole, Salad, and Watermelon for dessert


YUM! 🙂 I promise, once you get in a healthy eating habit (and you see how it works with your exercise efforts) then not only will you feel better day to day, but you’ll find yourself not WANTING any of those foods you might be craving now. Also, keep in mind that you can alter your “guilty” foods to be healthier versions. Even small changes are good changes. 

If you ever need support you can feel free to PM me–I know exactly what you’re going through 🙂

Post # 4
422 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve been using eMeals, the low carb menu to add some variety into my meal planning. It’s worked super well. Also been tracking using MyFitnessPal… as of yesterday I’m 20lbs down in 4 months without any real cardio or exercise routine.

Post # 6
73 posts
Worker bee

I’ve started doing the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) diet. It’s basically a diet where you can eat whatever foods you want as long as you meet your macronutrient intake. Your macronutrients are carbs, fats, and proteins. These 3 things are what add up to be your calorie count. Its a learning experience. You have to measure all of your food and know exactly what you’re eating to know what macros that food contains. 

Here’s a good article on how IIFYM differs from the normal “clean eating” diet.

You still want to eat as wholesome as possible, but it won’t “hurt” you to eat that one cookie or slice of pizza, as long as it fits your macros! 



Post # 7
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve done 30 Day Shred and it kicked my butt for sure! It seems so hard and then you get to the next level and think that was easy! lol

I’ve heard recently that diet is 90% of weight loss. I don’t know if that’s scientifically proven, but it certainly rings true for me. I work out pretty regularly both running and lifting weights. I hadn’t started to lose weight until I change my eating. I’ve been doing Weight Watchers for almost 2 weeks (and only exercised 2-3 times so far) and have already lost 6 lbs.

I pack a low-cal but healthy and filling breakfast (usually yogurt with granola) and lunch (half a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with an apple and maybe a few chips) to work with snacks (tangerine in morning and banana in the afternoon) and make something out of my 400-calorie cookbook for dinner. I usually eat a snack or two in the evening too. It’s hard, but doable!

Post # 8
425 posts
Helper bee

I’ve been on a super strict diet for a month now, that included a 10 day detox (this was hell) but now the diet really includes all sorts of yummy food and I am AMAZED of how far excercise and eating well will get you. I don’t know how much weight I have lost (part of the program is not weighing yourself until you are 5 week along) but I feel it in my clothes and I’m getting super toned. So hang in there with the diet, I promise the longer you are in it the less you crave demon foods! 😉

Post # 11
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m a firm believer in IIFYM, as a PP mentioned, though I will not call IIFYM a diet, because it’s  not. It’s just eating food you like. While it’s important to eat whole foods and hit your macronutrients each day, there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating pizza, or ice cream, or cookies, while trying to lose weight. Unless you have a serious medical problem, like an issue with your thyroid or metabolism, losing weight is truly as simple as calories in vs. calories out.

Two of my biggest suggestions would be to buy a food scale and start tracking your calories. I use my FitnessPal and I log everything that enters my mouth. Planning ahead makes this a lot easier. I tend to cook a week’s worth of food (lunch) every Sunday so that I’m not stressing each day about what I’m going to eat.

The whole point of losing weight is to change your lifestyle, but do so within reason. Don’t put yourself on some crazy crash diet that will only be a temporary fix for you. If you want to eat pizza, eat pizza, but be sensible about it, and make sure it fits your daily calories. Losing weight and maintaining your weight doesn’t have to be some tooth-pulling nightmare, honestly. I’ve lost 120lbs in a year and I did so eating sensibily while also eating what I wanted, cake and ice cream included. You don’t have to eat a boring diet to lose weight.

Aside from the calories and exercise, figure out your TDEE. There are a lot of TDEE and BMR calculators out there. Use them and then eat those calories daily. You’ll lose weight if you’re 100% honest about what you eat and your activity level.

If you want some help, feel free to PM me.

Post # 13
425 posts
Helper bee

Katie918:  I’m on a program where we do kindda like Insanity classes 6 days a week. Plus we get to work with dieticians. Right now the diet is basicly: eat all the protein you want, except sausages, and turkey breast (unless it’s like Thank’s giving turkey, we can’t have like the regular slices) and othe things that are know for being too greasy like pepperoni and that stuff, all the vegetables you want (except potatoe, sweet potatoe, carrots), 1 cup of berrys (strawberrys, blueberrys, whateverberrys), half an avocado, 10-15 nuts or almonds, 1 apple after excersicing, 1 bread with jelly before excersicing, 2 tortillas, and we have to do like 5 meals a day.

And I have the biggest sweet tooth of all time!!! like I could eat dessert even if I hadn’t had a meal…..

Post # 14
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Katie918:  Yes! Buy one. They’re cheap. I know Amazon sells them as well as Bed Bath & Beyond. You don’t need anything fancy 🙂 I’m looking to lose 30lbs (I gained 30 after meeting my FI…ugh!).

Right now I’m doing P90X3, which is absolutely kicking my butt since cardio just isn’t my friend. In the past I did a lot of different workouts. P90X, P90, Slim in 6, and 30 Day Shred. I think the 30 Day Shred is a good place to start. Maybe add in another short 10-15 min video? There are tons on Youtube. Maybe do an ab video one day and a lower body video the next.

Also, if you have weights, lift ’em! I think I looked my best after doing two rounds of P90X, which involves a lot of weight lifting. Sadly nowadays I just don’t have an hour and a half to do that video. After I lose a little bit of weight I hope to find a shorter weight lifting routine. We’ll see.

Let us know what you decide to do and keep us updated on your progress. If you’re looking for good recipies, there’s tons on MyFitnessPal in the recipes section.

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