Post # 1
So, in the past year or two, with thesis writing, and stress and anxiety, and starting a mainly sedentary job, I have gained a couple of kilos.
At first, they just seemed to be the ones that come and go through the day when you’ve drunk a lot of water (or haven’t done a poo…hah..sorry), or the kg that appears when you’re hormonal and grumpy and retaining water. But then I noticed that they weren’t actually disappearing.
My buffer had been absorbed, and those fluctuating kilos turned into actual fat sticking to my ass.
A couple of months ago, I started a bit of a hardcore meal plan and lost 2 kg (4.5 pounds?). It was too hardcore though, so I only lasted 2 weeks. Luckily though, I’ve kept those 2kg off, so I’m back to my normal weight. I guess I should say here that I’m not plus size or anything, however I know I am carrying more weight than I really should be (170 cm, 74kg..158 pounds I think..yeeesh, kilos sound much better).
Here’s the thing (are you still with me??), I want to lose just a few more. I want the muffin top to reduce in size. Less muffin, more pancake. My major issue is snacking and lack of self control. I can’t just have one biscuit or one square of chocolate. I have one…and then another… etc
I’ve started walking home from the station where I change trains, and my goal is to walk home at least 4/5 days (it’s a half hour walk, plus other walking here and there during the day). I’m going to avoid subway cookies (a big weakness) and french fries with aioli.. sigh. I’m trying to be sensible, not starve myself. Eat good healthy food in reasonable-size portions.
My question for you though, is how can I stick to my meal plan?
Post # 3
Pack yourself some healthy snacks that include proteins and complex carbs (dry roasted almonds with dried cranberries and dark chocolate covered raisins; yogurt with lowfat granola; apple slices with peanut butter; edamame; etc.)…eat those whenever you have a craving for your fries or cookies. Pack your lunches, too, if you find that you eat out & can’t turn down that cheeseburger or creamy curry. Good Luck!
Post # 4
I try and keep a healthy snack with me and have that when I’m tempted with something. Or I tell myself, “I can have the cookie, but only if I have some carrots first,” and by the time I’m done with the carrots I’m not hungry anymore and resisting the cookie is easier.
You also may want to lift some light weights every day. If you build more muscle mass, you burn more calories with your every day activities, so that walk from the train will be even more beneficial.
Post # 5
I totally agree that packing lunch makes a huge difference. Saves a heap of money too, especially because I work in a frou frou suburb where a sandwich costs more than a small dog.
From experience, I know that the little things that are supposed to be good for snacking, like dried fruit and nuts etc just don’t hit the spot for me. Grazing on them just makes me feel more hungry. Sigh. I do love edamame though. Yum!!
I was doing weights for 30 mins, 3 times a week for a while, but then my motivation petered out. I should start up again, it’s not so hard once you begin! I’m going to try that carrot trick too. I actually really love fresh fruit and vege, but my cravings for trans fats and sugar are very strong. I find that at work it’s easier to snack on those “bad” things, because they’re more readily available. At home, I try and keep those foods out of the house, but then the problem is that I graze and graze continually anyway.
Motivation and will power! Can do it, can do it…
Post # 6
My biggest problems are mistaking thirst for hunger and not being able to stop eating when I’m full, because it all tastes so good! So what I try to do is drink a good amount of water when I feel hungry to make sure I’m really hungry, and just remind myself that I’ve had enough of whatever I’m eating and that less food now means leftovers later.
Post # 7
@so_said_ellie: Go with the fresh fruit and veg…maybe even when out, relegate yourself to the full course salad section & then, if still hungry after the whole salad, order something else. (kinda like the carrot trick, but on the full meal scale).
@Twista: I’m sooo going to try your water idea!
Post # 8
I agree with packing your lunch & drinking tons of water … those two things help me a lot. My main plan is “everything in moderation”. I have lots of fresh fruit, veggies, and lean meats (usually fish) for my main courses & then am very careful with the portion size of my snacks.
Example – I love tortilla chips…I know they aren’t really offering me a lot, nutritionally speaking, but if I just ban them from my life, someday I will be near them and unable to stop myself! So…a few times a week I measure out a serving size in a measuring cup or tiny bowl and enjoy. I buy the one serving ice cream cups and have one for dessert every once in awhile too. A half gallon of ice cream in my freezer is just too tempting for me!