(Closed) I HAVE to make a change…[LONG]

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
4989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Congratulations on your (re-) dedication to your diet!!   I am also a stress eater and have lost a few pounds since my engagement but I know the past few days I have made poor choices in food….

Your story is an inspiration and I’ll be watching this thread!!  Best of luck to you!!

Post # 5
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@HuskerGirl:  YOU CAN DO IT!! You already know you can, because you did it once!!

A piece of unsolicited advice… don’t go too, TOO crazy initially with the exercising, especially the 30 day shred. It can burn you out. When I started my healthy-living change, I simply would not let myself workout every day. I knew it would mentally and physically wear me down This worked for me and I’ve lost the weight I wanted to and kept it off for a year!



Post # 7
9199 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@HuskerGirl:  Great!  Your shopping list is the #1 thing you can do!!!  Just DO NOT BUY ice cream, salty snacks, frozen fatty microwave food, soda, etc etc!  (And don’t treat yourself to dinners out more than once a week or so.)  

Find yummy healthy snacks to enjoy instead.  Kale chips (google it, easy to make) are crunchy and satisfying.  Homemade greek yogurt dip, either sweet or savory, to pair with fruit or veggies is really good.  I eat a salad with veggies and grilled chicken almost every day and LOVE them!

I agree with PP about tracking calories.  I use the app Lose It, but anything works.  You’ll be seriously blown away at how many calories some things have in them.

Post # 8
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@HuskerGirl:  Congrats on deciding to make the lifestyle change!

In the two years before our wedding, I went from a size 14 to a size 2!

It’s all about gradual, sustainable weight loss. Don’t get discouraged, and we will all be here to cheer you on!

Post # 9
174 posts
Blushing bee

@HuskerGirl:  You have a VERY pretty face, very nice facial features and that’s not something you can acquire, unless you’re born with it. So now that that part is taken care of, just continue to make healthy choices and soon you will have the pretty body to match the pretty face.

Eating well does not mean feeling hungry all the times! Like other bees suggested, eat healthy snacks to stay full and make healthier choices overall. You can have faux fried chicken, for instance (just a random example), all the flavor yumminess (is that even a word lol) of fried chicken but baked. Look around online because pretty much any delicious but fattening comfort food can be made over in a lower calorie versions. be sure to eat AT LEAST 5 portions of fruit and vegetable every day before you eat anything else. That will help stave off the hunger, plus its super healthy. Thing of all this as a lifestyle change, not just a diet. I am thin, but honestly I work at it. I exercise, make healthy choices and watch portions. Like today, I had a healthy breakfast but a big portion and fast food for lunch. Well, dinner will be a vegetable soup to balance it out. Just remember that most thin people make efforts to stay that way, so you’re alone.

Also, treat yourself to a non-food treat everytime you lose 5 pounds. Could be a pmanicure, highlights at the salon, fancy candles, anything really. Keep coming on this board whenever motivation, we’re here for you xo

Post # 10
2376 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You can absolutely do this, and you’re going about it the right way!  Diets DON’T WORK.  Lifestyle changes DO.  I’m a huge believer in easy swaps (and my fiance is down 40lbs total now because of them, I’m down 20lbs).  Take something you use often, and see if there’s a light substitue that you like.  

We use shredded cheese pretty often, and swapping from regular to 2% saves us 30 calories per serving.  Not a big deal, right?  But that adds up.  Going from a Klondike original bar to a Skinny Cow bar saves us 100-150 calories (depending on which one we get).  Swapping from regular sour cream to light saves 20 calories per serving.  So if tonight is taco night, we make 3 easy swaps and saved 150-200 calories.  And I don’t miss the regular cheese or the regular sour cream, or the regular ice cream bars.  I don’t feel like I’m missing out, so I don’t want to cheat.

Post # 11
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Join myfitnesspal! 🙂 I just joined a ten week challenge! And good luck 🙂

Post # 12
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Hey girl! Just figured I’d pop in and share my story with you, hopefully be able to give you some encouragement! This picture is me in 08/09 (I’m not sure which summer) I am far right.

Idecided in 09 that I HAD to make a change. I was over 230 pounds and I just couldn’t feel right about it anymore. Like you mentioned, I decided to make an all out lifestyle change.  I got a lot of hekp and information from my Dad and I revamped everything. How I ate, how I drank, how I slept, how I thought. It is not the easy road. It requires dedication and a hell of a l of will power. But you CAN do it. And its totally worth it!!

Here is a picture from a couple years back. I’m steady between 130 and 140 pounds now and life is just that much better. You can do it!! (If it inserts at the top its because my phones hates the bee!)



Post # 13
2277 posts
Buzzing bee

@HuskerGirl:  I’ll join you! I’m really good at starting, but as soon as I have a setback and don’t  lose anything (or gain!) I fall off the wagon because I stay this weight when I’m eating unhealthy foods, but I am not happy at this weight. I could definitely use someone to check in with and have to admit bad choices to. Because for me, that’s all it is, bad choices and even worse excuses!

Post # 15
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

You can do it darling!!! Getting rid of the junk food is a great first step.

Vary the workouts. Try swimming – easy on the joints, works the whole body, and burns mega calories.

You will see progress in no time. Kudos to the lifestyle change vs. a fad diet.

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