Post # 1
I mean seriously, I don’t get it and I dang sure dong like it. I watch what I eat, fruits and veggies hardly any sweets but its not a fun way to live and sadly its really not getting me any where. What seems to really work well for you guys? Should I join a program, like jenny craig or WW?
Post # 3
I joined WW last year and lost close to 20 lbs in about 4 months. Then summer came and I was always going somewhere or having visitors and it became too easy to cheat. But, it’s quite easy to stick to normally. I lost all that weight without stepping into a gym either!
Post # 4
Ugh I know, Its so annoying. Are you working out at all? If you do something for like an hour a day you will start to feel better. I have only lost like 5 lbs, but I think Im starting to look better cause things are tightening up lol
Post # 5
Yups. I watch what I eat and still work out 4 days a week and those extra 5 pounds after the wedding WILL NOT LEAVE
Post # 6
I have the worst time losing weight, I’ll get going and then, I’ll fall of the wagon and “take a break” and gain weight back! Trying to break that habit in February 🙂 I use Sparkpeople.com to track calories, and it’s free!
Post # 7
I am in the anti-scale camp b/c I have always weighed more than my counterparts of the same size or bigger. What I focus on is inches. Because I develop muscle mass quickly I tend to stay away from heavy weights..focusing more on light weights with lots of repetition as well as LOTS of cardio. It’s usually about 6 to 8 weeks before I see any meaningful results. I also have some “inspiration jeans” that I try on periodicially to see how close I am to being able to zip them up and wear them comfortably. I don’t diet so much as watch what I eat in general. I don’t like to diet b/c once I lose the weight and start back eating “normally” it comes right back plus 5 or 10 more pounds for my trouble…LOL. So I eat all of the things I do normally….I just eat a smaler amount of it.
Post # 8
Ditto JamaicaBride–i get body fat measurements and I tape myself regularly. That’s how I know “how” i’m doing. Every measurement for me is good except I’m 2″ bigger in the waist than I was 6 months ago. Bad EJS, bad!
So don’t get too tough on yourself until you know exactly what’s up
Post # 9
It really takes time. I know that’s frustrating to hear, but it takes time to get lasting, meaningful results.
Diet and exercise are part of a 50/50 equation. You need both.
Losing weight is as simple as calories burned minus calories taken in…if there isn’t a deficit, you’re not going to lose weight.
Building muscle is important…the more lean mass you have, the more calories you burn while at rest. The more lean mass you have, the more in shape you are, the better you’ll feel and the less likely it is for you to be tempted by things that really don’t taste very good once you stop eating them.
I advise you just to read labels…Get Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet book and EAT CLEAN. Get accustomed to how many calories are in what. Things that seem healthy may not be. Knowledge will help you vastly.
Post # 10
In my experience, whenever I try to lose weight, it just doesn’t work. I might be eating carefully and working out, but while my body changes, the scale doesn’t. Example: I got into a six week regime of getting up at 6 and going for a 30-45 minute run before work.
And then! I went back to school for the final year of my undergrad degree after a semester of co-op. Parking is expensive on campus, so I don’t drive, and taking the bus, while convenient, did not appeal. So, I started walking to school every day which, one way, is about a 30 minute walk. I ate snack foods during the day, things like granola bars, fruit leather, maybe some fruit, a sandwich if I was ambitious that morning. I indulged some too. I love the biscotti available at the cafe in the library — it’s chocolate dipped — and would often have that if I forgot to bring anything to take me from my break at noon to 3:30 when I could go home and eat properly.
I discovered I was losing weight. Walking an hour every day as my transportation, while not difficult, helped with appetite suppression, so I wasn’t overcompensating like I tend to do when I run. I managed to lose five pounds that semester and have kept them off (except for a mild slip at Christmas…), have maybe even lost one or two more pounds since, despite having a schedule that allows for an increased food intake this semester.
So, my recommendation: pair your careful eating with daily low intensity cardio (as well as some weights if you want some tone, especially for your arms). If you can somehow incorporate it into what you do daily, like walking to work, school, whatever, it will be so much easier and much harder to lose modivation than forcing yourself out to a gym every day.
Post # 11
The tips from the other girls are great, and very helpful. I definitely advocate adding some strength training into your workout program, and having regular cardio workouts to keep your body healthy and strong.
However, just to play devil’s advocate, do you definitely have extra weight to lose? If that is you in your avatar photo, I could definitely understand why your body is having trouble finding extra weight to release, as you look quite slim already. Of course, it’s hard to tell anything from a photo that small, but if your body is already at a nice healthy weight, it’s going to be that much more difficult to cut it down anymore.
Post # 12
It does take a lot of time. I lost weight by counting calories and measuring portions. Even though it says a cup of cereal is 100 calories, most people eat more than a cup so they end up eating more calories than they think they are eating. Also, I agree that if you are doing cardio and weight exercises, you should probably focus on measurements instead of pounds. Muscle is denser than fat so you might be losing inches but not necessarily pounds. Good luck!
Post # 13
I’ve always battled with weight issues and was convinced I just couldn’t do it.
During our engagement, my husband asked me if I would feel better if I lost weight. It was a turning point for me. He was asking me and supporting me in my decisions, so I felt less like I was alone and beat down. Before our wedding I lost about 40 pounds. I think the biggest thing I did was eating every two hours so that my body is constantly getting food in it and I’m never starving.
The website http://www.fitday.com (which I got from someone on the boards–whoever you are, thank you!!!) allows you to track your intake versus your output which has really helped me recently. Since our wedding I’ve gained about 20 pounds because I haven’t been as active and have been eating poorly, but I’m back to it!!
Right now I’m attending the gym every morning for a 45 minute cardio work out. After I get in better shape I’ll start doing some strength training. I’ve been going for the last two weeks and my jeans already fit better!
If my chubby butt can do it, so can all of you!!! I know it! Good luck!!
Post # 14
I’ve recently started to be more ‘aware’ of what I eat and am trying to exercise 2-3 times a week… I know the exercise part is the normal amount people are supposed to do anyway, but I’m absolutely terrible with exercise. Its soooo hard to get me motivated. I have a cross trainer at home and a gym in our complex, but I never ever use it.
So the past two weeks, I’ve been having salads every work day (except Fridays) for lunch and a really small dinner. I’ve cut out soft drinks and most sweets (I won’t deny myself to an occasional munchie, but I’m trying!) I’ve lost 1.5kg so far, so thats really encouraging. My motivation is our upcoming engagement photo session and I guess this is my weight-loss practice round before the wedding!
I find the first week or so really hard, but after I’ve seen some results, it has gotten better. Definitely keep trying!
Post # 15
All I’m going to say is to check out the site:
www dot lowcarbfriends dot com
no joke, it’s changed my life. 🙂
Post # 16
Researchers say that to have weight loss and to keep it off people have to exercise 60 minutes a day. Everyday. Most of the people who kept it off just walk for an hour a day, so it doesn’t have to be intense, it just has to happen, everyday..60 minuteas. ugh.
I think the most important thing is just to keep at it. Don’t beat yourself up if you mess up on diet or exercise one day. Just begin again as soon as you can.
By The Way, I feel your pain, I have been watching what I’ve been eating and running three miles three times a week with zero change in the weight loss for two weeks. boo.