What's a little change you made? Did it add up?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I started exercising once a week, liked it, wound up running a half marathon, and lost 20lbs! From 142 to 122!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hmm…there were a couple of little changes I made – I started eating and drinking more healthy but I still allowed myself treats. I’ve gone from about a size 14 to a size 8/10 (UK)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I started drinking a lot more water on a daily basis, as well as not consuming alcohol as often, just down to a beer about once every other week. I’ve also worked on cutting back the amount of sugar I consume, but I stil allow myself a treat every now and then. I got horrible sugar-related headaches the first few days, so I just slowly reduced the amount of sugary things I instead of quitting cold turkey!

I’ve lost about 8 to 10 pounds the last three weeks.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I made a decision last month to always take the stairs (it’s 10 flights up to my apartment, and seven up to my work – I end up doing around 40 flights per day) and to eat more often (every 3 hours during the day).

So far it’s been a huge factor in my 13lbs lost!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A few things I have noticed that worked over the years, taking the stairs up four flights instead of the elevator. Switching from sugar to Splenda, white to whole wheat, and PORTION CONTROL. Still eat all the goodies but just control the amount. Also I only drink water, don’t drink your calories!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t drink any sugared beverages anymore. Strictly water. I think I had one glass of juice a few weeks ago and one time at a work meeting back in February when I had a headache I had a half-can of Coke. I only drink water or unsweetened iced tea (the Acai Berry tea at Panera Bread is amazzzzing).  I also agree with PP about portion control. I track everything I eat/drink on MyFitnessPal so I know what I’m actually putting in my body. I’m still eating pizza and other “junk” when I want to, but in moderation. I also haven’t had any fast food other than pizza since January. The one time I went to McDonalds because nothing else was open I got a grilled chicken salad. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

A few months ago, we started making smoothies as an on-the-go breakfast to take to work. I eat a healthy (veggies, fruit, oatmeal!) breakfast and have much more energy in the morning because of it. It keeps me fairly full throughout the morning, too.

I only drink water or unsweetened iced tea as well. Sugar just doesn’t agree with me, but because I switched to only water I can enjoy a sweet treat every now and then (before I had to be very careful).

And the last thing I did was cut out gluten for a bit. I did it to see if it was effecting my digestion (most likely yes), but as a result I lost some weight.
I keep gluten to a minimum now (until I get some blood tests done), because I am forced to eat healthier (more fruits and veggies, meats, etc.) if I skip out on the wheat products.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I stopped drinking calories (with the exception of my post-workout chocolate milk).  I only have a certain number of calories that I can consume each day, and I figured I’d rather chew all of them.  95% of my liquid intake is plain ol’ water, with Crystal Light to shake things up or a diet Coke if I’m out with friends.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I cut out diet soda.  I haven’t lost any weight, but I feel so much better.  I really don’t know how to explain it.  🙂

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Drinking tons of water (I use Mio now but am going to try those spa flavored waters soon so I get more natural flavors that way).  Cutting back on booze.  Eating far less processed foods.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I started drinking veggie smoothies.  I found that doing so cut down on my sugar cravings A LOT, and I can have a serious sweet tooth.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@QueenOfSerendip:  stopped add sugar to my coffee and quit drinking sugary drinks. i will make an exception if i am out to dinner with friends, but that’s the only time i drink soda. made a huge difference. if i drink one soda i notice a difference (in a bad way) the next day.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I stopped putting sugar in my tea and now drink it black every morning. I also cut out granola bars and replaced them with fresh fruit instead. I already have a very restricted diet to begin with because of my chronic stomach problem so I dont eat meat, dairy, fried food, alcohol, soda and processed food.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

When I stopped drinking coke I gained weight and felt depressed so that doesn’t  work! lol.

One thing that I did was set challenges for myself. I would find things like 30 day squat or ab challenges where you do something every day and eventually work up to a pretty decent goal. It felt good because it was easy to do yet I was doing something and it got me back into working out. Also, on the days where I don’t do any other kind of exercise I’m still ok because I did something.

I also changed up the route that I walk my dogs on and made it a little longer.

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