Post # 1
It feels like the closer I am getting to my wedding the harder I am falling off my diet wagon! I go in spurts, where I chug water and eat super healthy then for like a few days I totally pig out and ruin everything I work for!!! I do work out 2-3 times a week still even with my bad eating, but I am just maintaining and not seeing results (obviously)
I have 57 days until I walk down the aisle and spend a week in a bikini in fabulous las vegas, and I keep telling myself this but apparently my stomach talks louder than my brain! LOL
Any advice on staying on track?
Post # 2
I think doing some meal prep could help you stay on track. Take a couple hours (like on a Sunday) and prepare all of your meals for the week. Separate them into containers and actually write on the containers what day and time each is for (EX: hardboiled egg and fruit Monday 8am, salad with lean meat and veggies Monday 12pm, carrots and hummus Monday 4pm, lean meat, side of veggies, small portion of potatoes, a couple squares of chocolate Monday 7pm). Make sure the foods you prepare are things that are both healthy and that you’re excited about. Spices can add a lot of flavor so you feel satisfied.
Here’s an article you may find helpful: https://www.kaylaitsines.com/blogs/news/18903859-meal-prep-101-for-beginners
Post # 3
For me, the only thing that works is tracking what I eat. I use weight watchers now, and it’s been really great helping me actually see what I eat and telling me exactly how much to eat to lose weight. If you are working out, I bet it would be even better. I do not work out, other than walking 30 minutes 3-4 times per week.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
What really helped me was doing the 21 day fix. I think I did 3 rounds before my wedding. Lost 14 pounds in that time. It takes all the guess work out of it which made it so simple. Workout everyday for 30 minutes using the DVD’s. Then follow the meal plan which required lots of meal prep but after your first round you’ll have the hang of it.
Post # 5
Making extreme changes like that is making you much more likely to crash. It’s a lot easier to maintain good habits when you’re incorporating change gradually and not trying to pull a 180 at full speed.
I think it would be helpful to cut back, rather than cut out, the goodies you ‘pig out on.’ Keep chugging water but don’t try to eat nothing but quinoa and celery or you’ll just end up ordering a pizza again a few days later. Incorporate designated treats with mealtimes–a glass of wine with dinner, granola with chocolate chips with lunch, etc. You won’t be deprived but you won’t be wrecking your diet either. Amp up and switch up your gym regiment too!
Post # 6
Are you actually counting calories? “Eating healthy” will do nothing for you if you are still eating to many calories. The my fitness pal is an amazing tool, as well as a kitchen scale. Weigh everything you eat and enter it into MFP. Stick to a reasonable calorie limit- It depends on a lot of factors and you’ll have to calculate your TDEE to figure it out, but I find 1400-1500 calories is a good start for a reasonably active woman. Do not deprive yourself of your favorite things, it will lead to binging as you discovered. Instead, fit them into your calorie limit as a small part of your diet. For example, love pizza? You don’t have to cut it out entirely. A large slice of pizza is about 300 calories so you don’t want to eat 2 or 3, but one slice and a side salad is a reasonable amount of calories. If you’re depriving yourself and only eating fruits and veggies, you’re setting yourself up for failure in the long run.
Post # 7
Do you have certain things that you tend to binge on? I LOVE sweets, and I totally have no self control when it comes to them. So I’d spend all day being healthy and then go to Dairy Queen (there is one in the buiding next to my house! So unfair!) and get a blizzard. Or I’d make cookies and eat the whole batch. I find what helps me with that is to make healthy substitutes. I make “protein chocolate mug cakes” that are healthy, healthy cookies, and I blend together frozen bananas to make “ice cream.” It’s definitely not the same as the real thing, but I find it helps to curb the craving so I don’t pig out. And then like once every 2 weeks I let myself have the real thing.
It could work for savoury too! There are recipes for healthy pizzas, healthy burgers, etc. That’s the only way I could possible stay healthy haha 😛
Post # 8
I use my fitness pal daily, bad or good food I literally log in everything, so I am not cheating at that lol. My Fiance is a health freak, nothing but whole grains, lean protein and veggies in my house, it’s when I am at work mostly when I just fall into the trap of snacks around the office and people heading out for lunch and I get in on it. There is literally not a single bad thing in my house, it’s when I am not home 🙁
I literally just ate a blizzard so this post is my spirit animal right now LOL I crave mostly sugary things .. I like your ideas for healthy subsitutes
thanks for all your advice everyone!!
Post # 9
Ditto tracking. It helps to see it in black and white. Plugging it into myfitnesspal before eating it will help me decide if its worth it or not. That way I can be flexible with my choices but still accountable.
Post # 10
Okay just read your new comment. Do you ever bring treats with you? That way you know if your at work you can have the treat you brought with you? I like protein bars as a treat.
Post # 11
sometimes! I need to take the advice of everyone and just pack a lunch and snacks so I have something and don’t stray from it. The funny thing is, I pack Fiance a healthy lunch every. single. day and sometimes I will pack one and just not feel like it and leave it at home. I just need to be more accountable and have stronger will power 🙁
Post # 12
You are bingeing because your current eating plan isn’t sustainable. I wouldn’t worry about healthy vs. unhealthy if you’re trying to lose weight. Just eat at a calorie deficit.
Post # 13
its hard! I totally feel your pain. Knowing what to do is not the problem, its all easier said than done.
Post # 14
I also really love sweets, so I incorporate dark chocolate into my macros every day. I also have one cheat meal a week, which definitely helps curb my cravings and reset my metabolism. I agree with PP that changing your gym routine should help a bit too – HIIT running and lifting heavy works best for me 🙂
Post # 15
What works for me is to allow the bad in moderation.
EX: today I grabbed lunch at one of those make your own salad bar things, i had salmon and veggies but threw in one small piece of seasame chicken to have my bad craving.
For sugar, I let myself 2-3 cookies a day.
Yes it’s not the healthiest but it’s much better than binging