(Closed) BLAH (weight vent)

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 4
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591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

this may sound harsh, but if you want to work out you have to find the time.  Go right after work.  The dishes will still be there when you get home.  Or go in the morning or on your lunch break.

I used to commute an hour each way to work and wouldn’t get home until close to 8 every night after working out.  It made for many long days but it was worth it as I lost 30 pounds. 

You have to just do it and make the sacrifices.

Post # 5
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1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@2strapscool:  I am in the same boat as you. I was just thinking to myself today that I needed to do something. But i am honestly too lazy, I know i can find sometime (not everyday though) to actually work out, I just dont want to. Or im too tired to actually do anything other then sleep. I hope you figure something out that will make it easier for you.

Post # 6
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1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@2strapscool:  Focus on your diet first. 80% of weight loss comes from changing poor dietary habits. I also recommend purchasing the Omron HJ 112 pedometer, it is seriously one of the best ones out there (consumer reports rated #1!). Aim to walk 10,000 steps a day…  you can add vigorous exercise in later!

http://www.amazon.com/Omron-HJ-112-Digital-Pocket-Pedometer/dp/B0000U1OCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337101680&sr=8-1

Post # 7
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591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I also agree with allergicbee – diet is what is most important!  Do you track your calories?  http://www.myfitnesspal.com is a great website (and free!) when you can set up a daily calorie goal and track your calories either via computer or app on your phone.  It’s great and really helps you see just how many calories are in the foods you are eating.  It’s motivated me to swap out some snacks (I’m a snacker in front of the TV and now instead of popcorn or cheese doodles, I’ll have baby carrots or grape tomatoes!). 

 

You can do it.  Just don’t make excuses because really, you’re just cheating yourself!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I definitely agree with the calorie counting. Exercise wont help you drop weight if you are just eating whatever you want. Figure up the formula for how many calories you can eat a day to get to your desired weight and it wont matter if you dont have time to work out, you will lose weight anyway.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with others, focus on your diet first and get in exercise wherever you can.

Park as far away as possible in parking lots and walk, take the stairs rather than an elevator, do a few laps around the office on a break. 

Also, make sure you drink plenty of water, unless you have eaten 28,000 extra calories (over you BMR) in the past two weeks then you haven’t gained  8 lbs of real weight. Water retention can cause your weight to fluctuate upwards and you need to make sure you are getting at least 8 full glasses of water a day to flush that gain out. 

I also agree with others that if working out is important to you, you make time for it.

I successfully lost 20lbs while working long days with an hour long commute on each end and cooked dinner/cleaned up most nights. I’d go to the gym before going home. Make big portions of things on weekends so that they could be portioned out during the week. I made my health an exercise a priority.

What do you eat normally? Maybe we can help you figure out how to make your days more healthy.

Post # 10
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591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

and if you have one, wear a heart rate monitor when you do exercise.  I was grossly overestimating the amount of calories I thought I was burning when working out.  I did a bootcamp that was BRUTAL and I would’ve sworn an hour of it burned 600+ calories.  Nope.  300, 350 if I was lucky. 

It’s all about calories in and calories out.  Seriously check out myfitnesspal, it’s a great tool!

Post # 12
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591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

VERY user friendly.  You fill out a profile (easy), it will tell you how many calories to eat each day based on your goal, and you track your food!  I like it A LOT better than sparkpeople.

Post # 13
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@2strapscool:  MFP is SO easy. And it also helps you plan out your days as well as see how exercising lets you eat more! So it really helps to incentivize exercise as well. 

A lot of bees are on there too. I’m on there with the same user name as I have here, feel free to add me if you do join.

Also, you *do* have self control (we all do) you need to start utilizing it.

Serve yourself dinner on smaller plates, looking at a full plate helps you feel full through what you eat.

Package away what should be leftovers before you start eating, that way you can’t easily go back for seconds.

Pre-portion your snacks into their own zip lock bags so that you have an automatic “stop” point.

Don’t keep trigger foods around you. Chips are a trigger food for me, specifically doritos and pringles they are the absolute hardest for me to stop eating/resist when I have them around. So I no longer keep them in the house.

Post # 14
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18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you thought about prepping meals in advance? We do freezer cooking, so I prep most my meals on one or two days and all I have to do is thaw the night before and cook. It takes a lot less time than to make a receipt from scratch and then I have healthy stuff to eat soon after I get home.

Post # 16
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It’s hard but portion control is very important.  I used MFP for a while, it’s depressing at first when you really see how many calories you really are eating (I thought I was eating “healthy” but I was consuming 3000 calories a day!  That is twice what a woman needs!) but super helpful.  I love meat and potatoes but you’ve got to cut back hard on those.  A little bit of lean beef or pork is ok, a pile of butter or oil covered spuds is not.  Try subbing in fresh greens as sides.  Toss out all the junk food until you can control your cravings enough to just have a little.  A spoonful of ice cream won’t mess up your diet but an entire pint will set you back days.  

You need to watch your serving size–a serving is pretty small, or at least that’s what I thought when I started the weight loss.  I’m 80 lbs down and working on the last 6.  You can do it, but you have to do it.  Cardio is crap, try resistance training in the morning.  You will feel tired the first few times but after that, I swear it’s better than coffee.  When I work out in the morning, I feel like a million bucks for the rest of the day.

 It’s not just a number on the scale, you should be watching your measurements too.  Sometimes you gain muscle faster than you’re losing fat.  It happens a lot when you’re doing resistance training.  If you’re struggling, try hiring a personal trainer for a session or two.  It’s usually around $60 and just explain that you need help getting started.  You can also check out http://www.reddit.com/r/loseit.  They are all really helpful, there are a lot of people who have lost a lot of weight and many who are on their own journeys.  You can post questions, ask for support and encouragement and give support, encouragement and advice when you can.

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