Post # 1
I’m strapped for time – I’ve tried to do yoga but it just doesn’t seem to take priority. I go for daily 20 -30mins walks w my little dog.
Maybe a run after the 20min walk / stretch a couple of times a week? Although the last time i tried to run i think i almost died….small steps i guess.
Any words of wisdom??
Post # 3
@Nic01: Has your diet changed at all lately? Walking really doesn’t burn many calories and is unlikely to put you into calorie deficit if you are trying to lose. But losing/gaining weight is 80% diet so if you are not an exerciser, and unlikely to become one in the next few months, watching what you eat is your best bet!
Post # 4
Why do you think you’re gaining weight? Stress eating? Have you stopped activites that you used to do?
Losing weight is a committment just as much as quitting smoking or drinking or any other vice. First thing is to evaluate what you’re doing wrong and stop making excuses for why you’re not doing the right things. You can lose weight with diet alone, you do not need to exercise. Granted just changing your diet is a pain – you need to strictly monitor calories. Get rid of the extra crap that we know is bad – sugar, processed carbs, sodas, alcohol. Stick to lean meats and fruits and veggies.
If you want to tone up but don’t have much time, check out Jillan Michaels 30 day shred. It’s a 25 minute video and all you need is a yoga mat and some light weights. I’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks now and can tell a difference but I’ve made sure to do it pretty much daily – I’ve skipped 2 days and one of those days made up for it by doing it the next morning and night. With only taking 20 minutes, I can’t use the excuse for time.
Post # 5
I’ve been running at a local field and watching my calorie intake. I use myfitnesspal and it has helped me keep track SO well.
I eat less then 1200 calories a day but that good for my height and weight, so you would have to put in how much you want to lose by whatever date.
Stay away from pasta (I know, it hurts), bread, anything high carbs and high in calories.
Myfitnesspal has practically every food, so you just type it in and how much you ate and it will calculate it – so easy.
Watch what you eat and how much of it you eat, trust me, the calories rack up FAST if you’re not paying close attention. I don’t know know much weight I have lost, but I can tell I look thinner and I’ve only been doing this diet for about 2 1/2 weeks! Although I have been running for months.
But, good luck either way!!
Post # 6
@Nic01: I agree that you should utilize the My Fitness Pal app to calculate your daily caloric needs and better monitor what you eat. Keeping an accurate food diary can be shocking and eye opening. The amount of calories you take in versus the amount you burn is key when it comes to weight loss. It’s simple math- you have to use more calories than you eat to lose weight. Ideally, you want to be exercising and building muscle as well as watching what you eat. This will help you to exchange fat for lean muscle. 5 lbs of muscle will take up a lot less space in the body than 5 lbs of fat, because muscle is denser. Trimming down is more important than the number on the scale. Also, avoid crash diets that won’t get long term results. It’s better to eat healthy foods and monitor your calorie intake.
Post # 7
I gained weight before I got married! Whoops! It is a struggle. Especially since I haven’t been as active because of my health problems. Also, OMG do I love food. It is so easy to consume too many calories, and I know that has been a huge part in why I gained the weight I had lost back. I reccommend loseit.com to track calories and activity. It really opened my eyes as to how many calories I was eating per day. I still have to get better about it!
Post # 8
@Nic01: OMG I was about to post the same thing an hour ago. I am basically a thin person and i have gained only belly fat in the past one month.My waist which was 26 has jumped to 32 my diet hasnt changed at all and exercise(crunches) is just making it worst.I’ve tried skipping too but I end up gasping for air after 1 minute.
I guess our problem is the stress. We need to destress alotttt.
Post # 9
Ugh yes! I had lapband surgery and got down to 64kg. I balanced out at about 68 which I was happy with, but (2 years in) started to have issues with it at the start of the year and I’ve gained about 8kg. it’s all fixed now but the weight I put on doesn’t seem to want to budge. I have three months before my no-going-back fitting and I’m frustrated as hell, because I want to be looking my best and not feeling like I do now. That said I haven’t been able to exercise much because of fibromyalgia but things have settled to the point FH and I have been able to start gymming again so *fingers crossed* that works. No advice, just empathy!
Ugh, can I vent though? FH needs & is keen to lose more weight than I need to, but didn’t go to the gym once over winter. His theory seemed to be if I couldn’t go, he wasn’t going to make the effort! But then he gets upset because of his current weight 🙁 I don’t know how to support him when I’m frustrated that he was fully able to go and chose to take the easy way out 🙁
Post # 10
@Nic01: Drink more water and keep walking!
I lost 51lbs in the two years before our wedding. I think small changes (like regular walking) are the most important, because those are the only sustainable changes in the long run.
I drink a 16oz glass of water (just a standard glass) 30 minutes before every meal. I also consume an INCREDIBLE amount of fruit. It’s filling and it’s low cal and it’s sweet, so you don’t feel like you’re eating nothing but shitty veggies all the time.
If you want to lose a serious amount of weight (anything over 20lbs) I’d reccommend calorie counting. But I think anything less than that can be done through sensible eating (no swearing off McDonald’s, just have a McDouble instead of a large Big Mac meal), eating roundly (get your calcium, protein, fruits and veggies every day), and drinking a LOT of water.
And water is like veggies. No one likes it… You just have to suck it up and do it!
Post # 11
@Nic01: I’ve gained a few pounds since the summer. I know this doesn’t sound significant but I am short and have a tiny frame. It also doesn’t help that I’ve lost some muscle mass and my weight gain is likely pure fat (ugh!). My dress came in this week so I’m a little nervous to try it on.
I definitely agree with PPs that the key is your diet. However when I’m working out I find I crave less crappy foods, and genuinely want to have healthy foods, so the 2 really go hand in hand.
Whenever I need to reset I go to myfitnesspal.com to start tracking again to make myself more mindful and accountable for what I’m putting into my body.
Post # 12
@goingtotherooftopoflove: + 1 on your vent! Fiance has yo yoed his entire life and now because we’re needing to tan before our wedding (going to an island) he’s hitting the gym. I’ve been working out almost 100% regularly since we’ve been together and it is a bit frustrating but oh well. Sigh…lol
Post # 13
Wow – i must admit i’m suprised by the reponses – i thought I’d be reading about how i have to be determined & start running more than a few steps. Instead you ladies have made me think about what changes i’ve made recently!
@Lollybags: My diet is pretty ‘dumb’ as it is. Im unable to have gluten, dairy or eggs. i think THE change was that a little place around the corner started supplying raw desserts & i’ve been indulging in a slice or 2 a week.
There goes those! And will limit my wine intake to a galss or 2 a week..
Post # 14
@Nic01: it’s 80% diet 20% exercise! Keep up with the walks and start watching what you eat and that should be at least enough to get you going! Of course extra exercise is very helpful especially anything with weights!
Post # 15
@Nic01: You wouldn’t think a slice or two a week would cause that much weight gain but if you are anything like me and my metabolism then it can :-/ When I became serious about losing weight I gave up alcohol and everything (which worked but I have totally lost my tolerance now and get drunk off like 2 drinks, so as a result I don’t really drink anymore at all. Not ideal.)
I don’t necessarily agree with the PP that says that only small changes like walking etc. are sustainable in the long term – I went from zero exercise a number of years ago to 6 days a week at the gym, which I have maintained consistently but it’s not for everyone. And I would never eat Maccas anymore.
Post # 16
@FLBlonde93: downloading myfitnesspal as we speak – thank you for the suggestion!
Becuase of my allergies i already don’t eat alot of ‘yummy but bad for you’ foods. I have gluten free pasta (for my spag bol) once a week & eat no bread, just a couple of corn or rice crackers each day.
But you’ve made my brain tick, my lunch / dinner portions are pretty massive – i proudly state that I eat more than Fiance. Mybe not so proud any more…… what are some foods that keep you fuller for longer?
My brekkie consists of rice crackers +avocado + 90g of tuna w a glass of (non concentrate) apple juice & a cup of green tea
Morning tea = some cashews
Then lunch is generally leftovers from the night before & we cook dinner most night – starting to think that the portions are the problem!