Post # 16
I like the advice about negative self talk, I think that’s one of my biggest problems. I’ve been SO negative recently it’s horrible. Going shopping makes me almost want to cry and I can promise you it’s because of me, I’m convinenced I’m fat in everything. Even though I look okay.
delightfulplan, I find I’m the same way with eating, a while back I tried doing 3 big meals, and by the time I got home for dinner, I was SO hungry that I ended up not only cooking dinner but eating while I was cooking and then eating dinner, so I’ll try to get into the routine of eating every few hours, I’m pretty good at that already.
Mildlybookish – I’ll try out that oatmeal recipe! That sounds perfect for me, most of the time I’m in such a hurry in the mornings (I tend to sleep in too much. Oops.)
Post # 17
try steel cut oats ( they need to be cooked longer so I make a large batch and freeze in portions then just microwave + a teaspoon of fragrant honey ( not cheap sugary stuff, but fragrant one) and some raisings or nuts ( measuring carefully) Sometimes I also mix in a bit of milk or homemade yoghurt. 🙂
best of luck!
Post # 18
Hey, my advice is don’t waste your time on stair steppers, elliptical machines, or running.
Start weightlifting. Trust me.
You WILL NOT get bulky, and you will not look like a man. You will, however, drop dress sizes quickly. AND, when you hit your goal size, you’ll be actually toned and strong, instead of just smaller but weak and flabby. Don’t obsess over a number on a scale, look at how you look naked, THAT’S where you’re going to see results.
ETA: OH, and I would be very wary of using vegan meats/cheeses as substitutes if you’re doing so for caloric reasons. Most vegan meats are actually higher calorie than their animal counterparts. (I’m a food writer, as in, I get paid to research and write about food/nutrition).
Post # 19
Don’t cut out as many carbs as possible. Your body needs carbohydrates for energy. It’s calories in vs calories out. Simple science. Figure out your daily caloric and macro requirements for a calorie deficit and there’s your target. I suggest using the if IIFYM calculator on iifym.com
Post # 20
I completely agree with swonderful:
strength training is essential. Muscle at rest burns more calories than fat at rest. Plus you are more toned, stronger (duh), and your body is more protected from injury. Building muscle also helps guard against brittle bones when we are older.
Post # 21
Have you thought about trying the Whole30? I’ve seen so many people with amazing results. I just started, and I’m already losing some weight and learning to have better eating habits. <br />I too am in love with bread and cheese, so cutting it out completely has really helped.
If you’re on Instagram, there are a ton of great recipes on the @whole30recipe account, and under the #whole30 hashtag. Also, on Pinterest.
And remember, (like the other PP said) don’t beat yourself up with negative self-talk.