(Closed) Advice on shedding some pounds for your BIG DAY ..

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’ve lost 40 pounds so far, since May.  I’ve been using Calorieking to track my calories and working out 4-5 days a week doing 30 day shred and walking.  As far as food, I usually eat cereal for breakfast, a lean cuisine for lunch, and then dinner varies but usually a decent size dinner, a lot of skinless chicken breasts, but I’ve been getting creative with sauces and whatever to make them flavorful, and then a side like rice a roni and broccoli or mashed potatoes.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Check out the fitness boards! Lots of bees have new years resolutions about weight loss and their are lots of threads full of stories and inspiration. πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I know where you are exactly, I have some weight to lose by June and your get up and go is fantastic but girl you might burn yourself or ever worse get hurt if you stick at something hardcore too fast. Its all about pace and feeling yourself out and try to make sure you enjoy some part of it, you wouldnt believe how many spin classes I drug myself to just to sit in the suana afterwards! I’m all about keeping up tabs on a weightloss goal! Currently I run 3 miles around 3 times a week and hit the gym 3 times, I will be bumping that up to 4 runs a week and 6 gym days of weight training, and spinning. I also love to do a ballet video- sounds super weird but its like yoga and you feel very girly doing it! so much fun! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Future_Sovesky: I’m in the same boat! I am getting married just 1 week before you.  I’m starting on a new meal plan – 5 small meals a day instead of the the 3 big ones.  My mom did this recently with great results (she has a book of yummy recipes to try).  Also, I’m setting myself a goal of running the “Sun Run”, a 10 kilometer race in Vancouver here that a huge percentage of the city participates in.  I don’t jog now but I’m starting a recommended training regimen set out for this run specifically.  This run is in May, so it gives me a good goal to work towards with time still left after wards to lose a bit more.  I’d suggest finding some sort of contest in yoru area to work towards!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

ive been trying to loose weight too! i wanted to get down from 200lbs to around 140.. so far im at 165. I only have 10 we5ks to go so it might not happen :(.. have been doing body for life. you should check it out and the transformations. If i had of started it earlier and really got into it i would have already reached my goal by far!!! you only need 12 weeks!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Future_Sovesky: Currently I’m at 1700 calories or less per day. That’s 3 meals and 2 snacks.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

With respect to the working out component of weight loss, I always need to be held accountable to make me stick to my routine – whether it’s having a trainer to answer to, signing up for classes that charge you a penalty for not showing up, etc.  That way I can’t get lazy and make excuses not to get my butt up and moving. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m going to try p90x, but I have had success before using sparkpeople.com to track calories and come up with a fitness routine. I think it is just a lot of motivation, perserverence and finding someone to do it with you helps too!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m also trying to slim up for the wedding…I’d like to lose 15-20lbs between now and then. I just started this plan. It was recommended by a friend who got awesome results. It’s 12 weeks, and then I’m going to do a boot camp program for the remaning 4 months. Some of the rules are tough to follow (no carbs after 7pm?!), but I think I can do it….plus the workouts aren’t too hard (I was lifting weights before, so I’d recommned you start with light ones). If you want to try it, let me know! We can be workout buddies πŸ˜›

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I can’t comment on the workout part but I’ve shed 20 pounds (somewhat accidentally) by sticking to my current diet. Basically a consistent breakfast of super high fibre cereal, yogurt and green tea, something veggie-based for lunch (black bean soup, seasoned cooked vegetables) and lean protein with veggies for supper. I’ve cut down on dairy intake and increased fibre. If you like lentils and chickpeas, I’d start eating those in place of meat a few times a week, I found a killer recipe for lentil tacos. The cumin makes it taste exactly like ground beef:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tasty-lentil-tacos/

Good luck! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Also, for food ideas I LOVE this website. I have to eat gluten-free so it’s hard to find recipes for me…they have SO MANY yummy ones πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh, I should add too remember that any diet change is torture for the first couple of weeks but now that I’ve been eating that way for a few months, my body craves those foods instead πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Hey there! I’ve recently lost 31 lb. and am working on another 136 more. Here are some tips I have for you to be successful (because you definitely CAN do it!):

1. Find some way to log your food. MyFitnessPal.com and SparkPeople.com are both great resources with excellent phone apps so you can use them on the go. I log in multiple times a day to MFP and enter everything I eat to ensure I’m meeting my calories and other nutritional goals. It realllly helps to get a good idea of what you’re eating and where your problem areas are so you can start eating better.

2. Exercise, exercise, exercise. You don’t need a fancy gym membership, but you do need to put effort into it. Try new things or start up some activities you already like. Zumba is GREAT for high-calorie burn, and both the classes and DVDs are fun. You can stick to stuff as simple as walking and a couple of 5 or 8 lb. dumbbells at home, though. Just start doing stuff between 3-5 times a week or more for at least 30 minutes/day.

3. Drink water. Drink LOTS of water. If you can, try to cut out soda completely and limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine. Soda is liquid poison, and the other two can inhibit your weight loss. Water does so much for your body, you don’t even realize how much you missed it until you start giving your body the amount it craves. I suggest buying a bottle with a scale on the side that tells you how much you’re drinking – mine is 20 oz. so I try to refill and drink the whole thing no less than 4 times per day. You will pee A LOT at first, but that’s just your body releasing the extra water it stores because it’s used to not having enough – once you regulate the amount, the peeing frequency will decrease.

4. Portion control and eating frequency are also important. Measure EVERYTHING. It’s a pain at first, but often we have no clue what we’re eating compared to the actual serving size of foods (ex: you buy a drink noting it’s 100 cal per serving, and there are actually 2.5 servings in the container). Try to eat throughout the day, snacking as well as having meals. For example, I typically eat a 250-350 cal breakfast at 7:30, have an under 200 calorie snack around 10, 400-500 cal lunch between 12:30-1:30, snack again around 3-4, small post-gym snack around 6:30-7, then dinner with whatever calories I have left after my workout (it’s important to eat back the calories you burn from exercise so you have a net balance of at least 1,200 a day – if you want more info on that, PM me).

I have so much more advice I could offer. The BIGGEST, most important thing is not to give up. You will have bad days, but don’t use a slip-up as an excuse to give up for the rest of the day or even the whole week. Falling off the horse is expected when you’re learning to ride – get back on as quickly as you can and keep going.

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