(Closed) I feel gross…

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

” I don’t want to eat/digest, hange, drive to the gym, workout, come home, shower, and then not have much evening left.”

Nobody WANTS to do this…but that’s just sort of part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I think the key is to just make it part of your schedule. I know that on Monday’s I ride my bike to gym then zumba. Tuesdays I run, then strength train. Wednesdays I run longer….etc. I have a schedule that is already set so I don’t have to think…”hmmm, should I go to the gym or just sit here and veg. OF COURSE I’ll choose veg..that’s my favorite thing to do ever.

I do, though, prefer to workout first, THEN eat dinner…that way I can get it out of the way. I don’t give myself time to sit around and talk myself out of it.

And I’m not saying you should workout because you need to get back to 125…I think you need to workout becuase, as you said, you feel gross. And working out will make you feel 100 times better!

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I can totally feel your pain. As much as I would like to pack myself a healthy lunch everyday, it rarely happens. Luckily I work in a hospital that is really pushing healthy food so I can go online and look at the nutrition info for all the food available for lunch each day.

I would advise you to start counting calories. Just the simple act of writing down what you eat will change what you eat. If lunch is your downfall, maybe you only need to track lunch. And if you’re eating out I bet it would be easy to look at nutritional info for yoru favorite places and know how many calories are in the things you usually eat. If you have to write down “1084 calories” thena  Big Mac and Medium fries sounds a lot less appealing. Not that a big mac and fries is the devil or anything, but keepin track will naturally regulate what you eat.

And go easy on yourself. Weight gain happens. But so does weight loss. You will backslide, but that’s okay. Just don’t give up!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Go to the gym straight from work.  Don’t even give yourself the opportunity to go home and sit on the couch.  If you do, you won’t get up.  Throw out all the junk food in the house and eat clean and healthy.  Stop eating McDonalds.  seriously, there is basically no positive benefit from eating it.  Start cooking.  Even if it’s cooking up pasta (one portion) and sausage – it’s better than making yourself chicken nuggets and fries, which are carb-overlod, fried, greasy, and sodium packed…

Only you can make the changes.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Well first of all I don’t think 141 pounds is gross, but I understand that you aren’t happy with your current weight.  If I go home after work I won’t go to the gym, and I would be even less likely to go after eating dinner.  I take my gym clothes with me to work so I can go straight to the gym before I even go home, but if you’re concerned about losing out on your evening you could try going in the morning before you even go to work.  I usually go after work because I’m so not a morning person, but I have found that after going in the morning I feel much more awake and energized.

As for food, I’ve been using myfitnesspal to track what I’m eating and it has helped a lot.  I’m not neccessarily giving up anything I like to eat, I’m just more aware of it, so if I want chinese food for dinner, or I want Sonic for lunch I have to plan for it.  You can log your exercise to earn more calories to eat for the day. 

For example, I’m allowed 1290 calories for the day, but if I want to go to Sonic and eat a 1200 calorie meal I can go to the gym, do an hour on the elliptical, and earn 600 more calories for the day.  That way I can have two smaller, approximately 350 calorie meals for breakfast and dinner, my 1200 calorie fast food for lunch, and still be within my goal for the day.

Hope this helps!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We make soup from scratch at least once a week. All kinds of soups. It’s relatively easy, and we’ll have 2 days worth of leftover lunches from one dinner batch, plus most soups are either healthy or can be tweaked to be healthy.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You said your husband is trying to lose weight too? Why don’t the two of you go to the gym together? I agree completely, it’s HARD to find the motivation to go! However, if you have a support system there to keep you accountable, it will make it harder to say “I don”t feel like it,” plus, it might be more fun to have a work out buddy!

Another thing that helps me is bringing my gym clothes to work with me. I know if I have to go home and change first and then go back out to get to the gym, I’ll just get lazy and not go. Head there straight from work. 

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You should look into other quick meals you can prepare at home when hubby is at work.  I understand you don’t like to cook, but eating pasta, chicken fingers, and fries is certainly not helping!  There are plenty of quick, easy recipes that will be healthier.  Check out cooking light for great recipes, especially the ones that are super-fast.  Also, join My Fitness Pal, so we can all help you keep on track!

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I count calories with myfitnesspal — I agree, it’s a great tool. I’m on 1,200 calories a day, which is a great motivation to work out because I definitely want to eat more than that, and knowing that is pretty restrictive, I will allow myself to go over by a little. A typical day, I will eat cheerios and skim milk or a spinach/banana/blueberry smoothie, a salad for lunch and another fruit or vegetable along with a carb, like half a bagle or something. I cook dinner every night, but you can do simple things like grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli in like 10 minutes. If Darling Husband is the cook, maybe ask him to make some healthy cassaroles or something that can be kept as leftovers for a few days. We will make chili or soup during the winter and then we have it all week. What I find works is to tell myself that I’m the only one I’m cheating by eating unhealthy or not working out. It’s a slow process, but at the end of the day, a life-style change will make you feel a lot better.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Also: We’re big “flavor” people, so I buy good seasoning mixes, like Pasta Sprinkle from Penzey’s Spices. You can add it to a salad or veggies and it makes them much more interesting without calories.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What do you eat on days that your husband isn’t home?  It really sounds like your diet needs a complete overhaul.  I’m sure that he needs to eat food whenever it is his dinner time so it sounds like if you cook something healthly, he will be able to eat it later as well.  I know it’s hard but preparing meals in advance really helps us.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think making a lot of changes at once can be overwhelming.  I would try to make one small change.  I think the positive energy you’ll feel from sticking to one new habit will roll over into other areas and you’ll feel more motivated to tackle some of the bigger changes.  For example, commit to packing lunch each day.  It doesn’t have to be anything complicated.  On days when I’m really rushing I throw together a turkey sandwich on a healthy bread (I like Ezekiel or Trader Joe’s version of it) with some turkey lunch meat and some lite mayo and mustard, and a piece of fruit on the side.  This is not the healthiest lunch on Earth but it’s a better option than I could get at the deli downstairs.

I can throw out some ideas for quick and easy dinners that are a little healthier than what you’ve been having.  I’m not sure what you like but this is what we eat a lot:

Chicken thighs and large strips of pepper and onion, simply seasoned and thrown on the grill with a side of rice.  Make extra of everything and add to lettuce with some oil and vinegar for a simple salad for lunch the next day.

Frittata – saute some onion, garlic, and mushrooms with seasonings, stir in some beaten eggs, and then put the pan into the oven and bake it.  Sprinkle some cheese on top and stick it back in to melt the cheese.  I make a huge pan and we split it into thirds, and I take one third for lunch the next day.  It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 10 or 15 to bake it.

Tuna platter – this is my husband’s favorite.  I use two cans of tuna and make up some tuna salad with lite mayo and mustard.  I mash an avocado with salt, pepper, lime juice, and garlic powder.  I slide up some tomato, onion, and cucumber.  This all takes like 10 minutes.  I put everything out on the table with some sliced cheese or cottage cheese and wasa crackers or some toast and that’s our meal.  Extras I put into a green salad for lunch.

To answer your question about salads, I will put whatever we eat the night before into a green salad, I have no rules really!  I put rice into salads sometimes because I like to eat carbs, protein, and fats in balance and I find normal salads to be too light on the carbs for me.  If we have some extra roasted potatoes, I throw them in.  One of my favorite things to do is take the leftover steamed green beans and the leftover roasted potatoes from my dad’s house if we have dinner there on a Sunday night.  Those all go into my salad the next day.  I’ve gotten used to the taste and consistency of just using balsamic vinegar as a dressing and usually add fats in other ways like with cheese.  But sometimes I add a little olive oil too.  I put in half a can of drained and rinsed cannelini beans into my salads.  Feta cheese is a favorite too.

I think if you conquer lunch and get control of that, you will start to feel really good and gain some motivation to work on some other areas!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@anotherbee:  You can still eat mashed potatoes, just work on portion control!  I don’t eat strictly salads, but when I do eat salad it has to be more interesting than lettuce with dressing.  One salad I like has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, pears, feta cheese, grilled chicken, and a raspberry walnut vinaigrette. It has about 450 calories in a huge plate of salad.  If I tried to eat just boring ol’ lettuce I would never be able to do it.

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