(Closed) How to keep it off

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Ibblet:  Can you give us an idea of what you’re eating on a daily basis?  You’ve talked about your activity level going up and down, but diet plays a huge role 🙂

Post # 5
9188 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Ibblet:  Yikes, hot dogs and those premade sandwhiches are gross!  Once in a while, yeah, but that’s not the greatest habit to have.  I think having a bunch of easy and healthy lunch options is the way to go.  

We make lots of healthy, veggie-rich stews and chilis and freeze them in glass tupperwares, so you can always pull one out of the freezer.  We also buy chicken and steak when it’s on sale, put it in quart size ziplocks with marinade, freeze it (the marinade keeps it from getting freezer burned), and always have some grilled or baked in the fridge.  I keep a bunch of baby spinach and peppers in the fridge and whip up big salads with this grilled meat almost every day for lunch.  

What you eat is really 80% of your weight loss / gain, so I’d focus there!

ETA: sorry, didn’t mean to sound judgey.  I LOVE corndogs and could eat the shit out of them every single day of my life – but it’s a killer for the ol diet 😉

Post # 7
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Ibblet:  I usually don’t have the time in the mornings to make a nice lunch, and I tend to forget in the evenings.  What I ended up doing was making a bunch of stuff on Sundays, and pre-packaging it in daily portions to be able to quickly grab in the AM. 🙂

The special K shake wouldn’t work for me in the mornings.  It’s not filling enough, and I’d want to snack before lunch, or nosh on something terrible for me by the time lunch came around.

I do love nuts for snacks, but they’re very calorie dense, so just keep an eye on portions.  Dried fruit scratches my ‘sweet’ itch, if you want to try that for your monthly cravings.

Here’s a list of some iron rich foods you can add in, if you’re not a fan of red meat: http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness/iron-rich-foods

Unfortunately, you can kill yourself in the gym every day, but if you don’t eat well, it’s almost a wasted effort.

Post # 8
11242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Okay, you NEED to make a change. Force yourself to shop healthier and make healthier choices. You cannot eat processed crap and expect to look amazing. Bad-for-you foods are okay ONCE IN A WHILE, but they are NOT okay as diet staples.

I eat breakfast every morning (cereal with almond milk, coffee, banana), followed by a morning snack (apples and peanut butter), bring my lunch (leftovers, Amy’s frozen something, sandwich), and then eat a decent, homemade dinner with REAL ingredients (protein + veg + starch).

Post # 9
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve found that changing my diet only works if it’s easy enough to become a daily routine.  This is what has worked for me and helped me keep my wedding weight off:

We cook a lot of our dinners from the website skinnytaste.com.  Most of the recipes are lower calorie/low fat versions of dishes we already love, and of course a few new ones. It doesn’t feel like I’m on a “diet” when I eat these dishes, because they really are delicious! It’s just the two of us, but we usually make enough for 4 so we can refrigerate or freeze the leftovers and use them for lunches throughout the week.  I’m in no way paid by skinnytaste.. just a big fan!

Post # 10
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@AlliMayWedding:  I <3 Skinnytaste too!  Everything I’ve made has been fantastic so far!

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