(Closed) I need to lose weight…

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well first off, congrats on your engagement 🙂

I think it’s always great to be as healthy as you can be, but not to be miserable doing it. If your Fiance doesn’t like the idea of a diet, it might be a good idea to change his idea of what a diet is.

I just started on WW to try and lose 20ish pounds, and they have a ton of amazing recipes. My Darling Husband (reluctantly) agreed to try it with me, and he has been shocked at how much he still gets to eat, and how good some of the recipes are. I know you said you are budgeting for the wedding, but you can find most of the tools and recipes online (and try skinnytaste.com!).

The good news is you have a TON of time, so you can afford to take it slowly, and not do some crazy lifestyle overhaul that might be hard to keep up.

Feel free to pm if you want some recipes, etc 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would start out with some DVDs. I really like Jullian Michael’s videos and am currently doing 30 Day Shred. The workouts are only about a half an hour and they’re pretty inexpensive videos. If you do a workout in the morning then you’re done working out for the whole day! I find when I do some sort of workout in the morning I make healthier decisions throughout the day. I am already awake so I usually have hot mint tea and water at work instead of a vanilla latte, I crave more green veggies, I don’t mind parking further away from the door or taking the stairs, etc.

Just googling, “Eating healthy on a budget” will provide you with so many tips and good advice! I think that if you seriously sit down and create a manageable budget/meal plan for both of you and JUST START living a healthier lifestyle on your own for now eventually your Fiance will join you. Once he sees positive changes in you, that will be motiviation for him. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

@dreamwedding4us:  I don’t know if you are stressing over nothing. You have to be motivated. Don’t expect motivation to come to you. Working out is not fun when you start out.

I’m no expert, but from what you’ve stated, I would start with small changes and add more as you go along. Add a 15 minute walk a day or one less dessert. Slowly add more changes though. Changes come slow but immediate changes tend to not stick.

Also, reward yourself with items like manicures or a new pair of shoes instead of food. If you crave something, don’t do without, but try eating less like one cookie instead of six or one slice of cake instead of the entire thing. Remember things like just because you walked 15 minutes does not mean you’re then allowed to eat an entire bag of chips.

Also, drink a lot of water! Switch out other drinks for water. Water is free or close to free!

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

It is actually SO easy to eat healthy on a budget! I don’t make very much money (more than half of my monthly check goes to rent + bills), but I still manage to eat pretty wel. The trick is to find recipes that use whole, healthy ingredients without breaking the bank – and it’s totally possible.

For example, I have a favourite recipe I found online for sweet potato and black bean chili. It’s easy to make, I can have it vegetarian or add some diced chicken/ground turkey if I want meat, and the total cost for the ingredients to make a big pot that lasts me a week is under $10.

Try googling paleo recipes. Buy frozen vegetables (so cheap) and incorporate them into your meals. It’s really easy to do, honestly! I’ve found that what gets expensive are the prepackaged healthy foods – but those contain all kinds of preservatives and sodium so you’re better off making stuff from scratch with your own recipes anyway.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I gained a whopping fifty pounds after college and moving to Texas. I think perhaps working in healthier recipes, and making a lifestyle choice rather then going on diet. Learn new ways to cook dishes you guys already enjoy. Integrate them into your food.

I live alone now so I rarely cook. However with ex and when Fi is here, I tend to make a meal plan, chop up veggies, prepare meats, and casseroles, that way during the week I have fast easy options for making dinner.

As for spending money I found that is myth. Unhealthy processed food may look like a bargain because it comes in large quantities. Check out sales and make a budget to show him that you eat healthy without spending more then you normally do.

ps: Also don’t get caught up in buying things that are labeled as organic as sometimes it just to justify a price hike. Do your research and you find that you can make it work.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i.agree with the, jillian michaels dvds. they work so well!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

It’s easy to eat healthy on a budget, just COOK rather than buying prepackaged things!!!! Even a value meal at McDonalds is often more expensive than a seasoned chicken breast with potatoes and veggies made at home (protein, starch, veggies in one cheap meal BAMM! lol), seriously. Plus, part of a diet is often eating less, which is always cheaper, haha. I think the biggest thing is to NOT BUY THE CRAP FOOD!!! If you don’t have chips (for instance…one of my downfalls) in the house, you can’t EAT them! Buy the whole wheat bread instead of the processed white or potato bread. As a PP said, frozen veggies are CHEAP and are almost always as good for you as fresh ones (just don’t buy the stuff covered in heavy cheese, damnit!). It’s about choices. But seriously, biggest help to me is just have control while food shopping. So just for that 30 minute period, have control. Then you won’t have anything bad in the house to eat, and stress eating some grapes is definitely not as bad as stress eating some Doritoes 😀 (and a big bag of each cost about the same)

 

Edit: I also did Jillian Michaels DVDs to start. I found them semi-easy after awhile, but they made me stick to a workout every day and once I was done, I felt a little stronger and ready to tackle a harder workout! Doing a tape with a “program” always helps me, I feel guilty if I skip a day if the program has something scheduled!

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

You could always just eat smaller portions.  It’s not the easiest thing to do, but then you can stretch 1 meal into 2.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@dreamwedding4us:  Don’t stress too much. Your Fiance loves you just as you are!

 

My Fiance is (was) in the 300’s and joined myfitnesspal.com The tools are really easy (and free) and he’s down 20+ pounds now! He east all the same junky stuff he did before- just less of it. He also cut out soda. He uses the free app on his phone.

I’m hoping that he’ll get to a point on his own where he wants to start eating salad and grilled chicken. But he’s proud that he’s managed to loose weight “his way”.

try myfitnesspal.com

 

And if you don’t lose all the weight you want, you can do what I’m doing: a body wrap and a airbrush tan. That’s my diet 😀

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

a body wrap and a airbrush tan. That’s my diet 😀

 @MissFireFlower:  +10000000000, best diet ever.  I am so on board!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have always bought healthy food, so I can’t speak to food budgets changing when you stop eating processed foods, but I can tell you how I keep our bill relatively low (and I usually make enough food for my brother as well, who lives with us, so our grocery budget is more for 3):

– Buy frozen vegetables. They are easy to throw in a pan with some olive oil and seasonings, or to throw in a crockpot to make chili or soup. My freezer is full of veggies and I’m always restocking!

– Buy fresh fruit and vegetables from a farmers market when you can. I can usually get a week’s worth for about $30. 

– Get creative with your recipes. I search for recipes and then pin them onto my Pinterest for later. I also try to only pin recipes that have ingredients I already have or that I know are fairly cheap.

– If you can deal with eating the same lunch or breakfast every day for a week, I’d suggest doing that. My Fiance eats kale and turkey wraps along with an apple and string cheese for lunch, while I eat a big salad with avocado, olive oil, salt, pepper, and some deli meat or leftover meat from dinner.

– Buy a rotisserie chicken already cooked or buy a whole chicken and throw it into the crockpot. I usually get two meals from a whole chicken, and at $6.99, that’s a pretty good deal!

I think that you will need to talk to Fiance and get him on board with buying healthier food if the two of you want to lose some weight. It’s definitely easier to be successful when you have someone else doing it with you. When I decided to go paleo/primal, I told my Fiance he’d be doing it with me (because I wasn’t about to make two different dinners every night!), and he seemed skeptical at first. I had done a lot of research, so I presented him with the science behind why this would be the best way to eat for both of us, and he tentatively agreed. Almost two months later, we are both loving our lifestyle change without any intention of going back. So far, he has lost 16 lbs (he wasn’t overweight at all, just had a little belly that is now completely gone) and I have lost 14 lbs (though I am overweight and plan to lose about 40 more pounds), without much exercise on either of our parts. 

As far as stress eating, I’ve definitely been there. I have always felt a need to eat out my feelings, whether they are good or bad. In the end, you just need to want it bad enough and to have the self discipline to say no to yourself or to say yes, but only a little. I also found that now that I am paleo/primal, I find myself not stress eating as much, if at all.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dreamwedding4us:  Congrats!

I’m around your height/weight, and I have been having major success on Weight Watchers Online. I’ve been on the plan for a month and 3 weeks and have lost over 13 lbs so far. I haven’t felt hungry or deprived yet. I have more enegry and my clothes fit better.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dreamwedding4us:  It does, I think it’s $50 for 3 months. The biggest tips I can give you from what I’ve learned from WW is: PORTIONS!!!!! I was eating way too much meat and dairy. About 3 oz of chicken or turkey is all you need. Make a shift towards a more vegetarian diet. You can basically eat as many fruits and veggies as you want (staying away from starchy guys like potatoes and corn, of course…and not piling on butter). But I guarantee you if you eat 50% more veggies and 50% less meat and dairy than you are now, then the weight will fall off.

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