Post # 1
Someone help me! I am in desperate need of a hot bod and some self esteem. I have pretty terrible eating habits and I cannot stay away from the Mountain Dew. It is the only kind of pop I like. I’ve attempted C25K and I do have a gym membership.
#1: How do I get myself motivated again to start working really hard in the gym? Also, there is so much info out there about cardio vs. weights. What have you found that works well for you? How do I cut out the fat and tone myself up?
#2: I need a dietary plan. WW, Southbeach, something that comes with frozen meals. What ever! Tell me about what your doing and how your doing it? I think my biggest problem is I think I am eating healthy and I’m probably not. I’m more of a picky eater and I like to eat the standard basics so what are some of your best recipes for keeping it simple? Also, how do you include healthy food on the go in your busy lives?
#3: Should I be eating 4 to 5 small meals a day or should I be eating the standard 3? Also, should I really be drinking 8 cups of water a day or what’s the real rule?
I’m so health ignorant so I need somewhere to start and some good advice to base my new lifestyle on.
Post # 3
Omg I was JUST about to post a thread being like “I’ve gained weight, help”. And then I opened yours…
Anyways, I’m having a hard time getting motivated as well. Now that I don’t have the wedding to stay in shape for, it’s been more difficult to get off my ass! Darling Husband and I do take our dog on a 2 mile walk almost every night, but it hasn’t been enough for me recently. We’re going on a cruise in December so I hope I can get motivated by that. I’d love to hear other people’s tips on getting motivated!
As for diet, have you tried eating vegetarian? If you do it right, it can be a good way to lose weight. It has worked for me in the past, but I tend to eat a lot of carbs and cheese (my biggest problem/weakness) so that’s why even as a veg I may gain weight. But, if you do eat mainly fruits and veggies, you can really keep your weight down. I’ve never done a real “diet”, but I did do something called thje “No S Diet” which was no sweets, no snacks, no seconds. It was kind of out there, but I liked it and it worked. http://www.nosdiet.com/
I think it’s good to mainly drink water. Cut out soda, juice, tea with sugar, etc. Drink mainly water, black or green tea and milk. Sometimes I drink OJ too but it has a lot of sugar so I try to stay away from it….I’m pretty sure it’s best to eat 3 balanced meals throughout the day, but many people believe that 5 or 6 smaller meals is better. I don’t know which is the best though!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
@PitBulLover: Why do all of the things I love in life have to be bad for me 🙁 See I thought juice was good for me and apparently it is not. Sad! I have never tried eating vegetarian before and I’m just worried if I could do it. I’m pretty picky about my veggies so I’m worried the only thing I would eat is pasta and sauce. Which I love but that’s probably why I weigh so much in the first place. I will certainly check out the NoS diet though. That’s probably what I need.
Post # 5
@PitBulLover: I second the three meals ( no snacking) ! I made a no sweets after 2 pm rule ( I’ve been studying this crazy body chemistry thing that your blood sugar rises rapidly after 2 pm, so simple sugas dont get used then stored)
I also thought walking my dog would work wonders for maintaing weight but it hasnt lol . I’ve picked up running and it seems to feel better mentally because of the sweat i break.
I also tried going veg and vegan and gained horrible! . Too many carbs is just too many carbs, I need to feel “full” inorder to stop throwing things in my mouth.
@MsBrooklynA: i would def do both cardio and weights! You can tone up the sweet spots and rev your metabolism with lifting, then do some feel good burning with cardio. Start small 🙂
With the food just start small. PIck out one thing and eliminate it or change. Like No chocolate or no foods with hyrdogenated oils. Or no big meals at night. no snacking etc. Then you can slowly fall into something balanced and healthy. There are a ton of diets like Lowcarb, vegan, weight watchers etc but you have to find a thing that you can stick to and afford. I once went frutarian ( all fruit all day, a few greens , no overt fats) and I went broke!
Depending on your daily schedule or any blood sugar issues, its okay to eat more frequent meals if that helps you stay on track. I prefer 3, because I like to eat a sizable amount and try to avoid the grazy snackyness that I can get carried away with.
You can do it! My name is Mrs.Argentina and I’m a naughty high calorie drink Dunkin Donut-aholic, trying to recover 😉
Post # 6
@MsBrooklynA: I just know that juice has a lot of sugar in it. And sugar = fat. Also, I think a lot of people think it’s harder to go vegetarian than it really is. It’s pretty easy if you just know what to eat. It’s not like you are just eating plain veggies all the time. 🙂 Also, all of these things are things that have worked for me, but I feel like everyone needs to find what works for them. I like doing yoga, pilates, walking and I am able to tone up by doing all of those things. Other people can only lose weight if they run all the time. Is there an event coming up that you could get excited about so it could motivate you to look your best? (Besides your wedding I mean)
ETA – Im a redbullholic
Post # 7
@MsBrooklynA: Oh. I. Feel. Ya. In college we had to take a personal fitness class and my teacher actually wrote on one paper “What do you do?” HA! I was 125lbs 5’5″ and ate ANYTHING I wanted and literally couldn’t run a block. I turned 24 (a few years ago……) and WOAH my metabolism caught up with me.
I gained 25 pounds in two years. It’s like I woke up one day, looked in the mirror and FLIPPED out haha. I know I”m not a big girl by any means, but it’s not so much about the weight for me at this point in my life, it’s being healthy.
Last year I started by doing the C25K. I hated it. His awful techno music? Uh, no. So I started doing it on my own and ran my first 5k this spring. I have to switch it up though, I can’t just do one kind of exercise. I joined a gym and did spin class, I do Jillian Michaels 30 day shred sometimes. I just try to switch it up as much as I can.
Food was a whole different ballgame. I’ll NEVER be able to cut junk food out of my life. Ever. I had DQ hot fudge sundae (extra fudge) and Taco Bell tonight. Let’s be honest. HA! BUT–I try to even it out as much as I can. I would suggest fresh fruits and veggies as much as you can–they’re super good for you!
Post # 8
@Eva Peron: I completely agree on picking one thing out of your diet to get rid of. It’s definitely MUCH easier that way!!
Oh! And you burn more calories after your body has warmed up really well (generally 20-30 min of cardio) so if you can walk briskly or run for 20 min THEN do your weights, you’ll actually burn more calories while toning up! 🙂
Post # 9
@KansasPrincess11: oh sweet advice! Thanks! I usually prefer to start with cardio, so hopefully it will pay off!
Post # 10
I used to drink soda at least three times a day. I don’t like the taste of regular water…unless it is freezing cold (and then it hurts me teeth).
Have you tried sparkling water…or flavored sparkling water?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE sparkling water. I drink it all the time. I try to only have a soda during lunch at work (the caffeine does help). It keeps me from eating so much inbetween meals and helps me with daily water intake.
I get a 2L bottle for less than $1.18 and it usually lasts 1.5 days. It’s much cheaper than soda or juice. (I don’t buy the fancy, expensive pellegrino.)
All of the research I’ve found about the differences between sparkling water and flat water are an almost immeasurable difference in natural salt content. The only caution is that if you are working out or running most doctors and researchers advice the use of water or gatorade because it has a better ability to absorb and keep one hydrated during/after physical activity.
Post # 11
@KansasPrincess11: Yay! I’m glad! I should be taking some of my own advice, you know, instead of eating DQ and Taco Bell 😉 ………wah wah….
Post # 12
Honestly what always worked for me was portion control. I really eat whatever I want bc I refuse to deprive myself. I used to be a personal trainer and we were always taught the 5-6 meals a day is best. It’s 3 meals with 2 small snacks like apple and peanut butter. If you are only eating 3 meals you are risking over eating or nor getting enough nutrients that your body needs. And honestly I’ve seen better results with people who follow the 5-6 meals plan vs the 3. Cardio and weights is key and work better together. 8 cups of water is best for you and NO, water with sodium is not good for you. Sodium causes bloat and water retention, kinda the opposite of what you want. Plus the water can help with your appetite.
Post # 13
Ugh! I’m in the same boat. If I listed what I ate today (up until dinner), you would wonder how I am not in a diabetic coma…. I need like an overeater’s anonymous. I’m not even overweight, but this is NOT healthy. :/
Post # 14
I love the title of this post!
1) Work out with weights and cardio. I was working out four days a week with a trainer and he had me on a great program. I would do thirty minutes of cardio before he showed up. I really liked the elliptical so I usually kept to that. Then we would do some intensive stretching. Then on to the weights. Each day we would have a focus of either abs, back, legs or arms, but we did some of everything each day.
2) Sensible eating and not dieting. 5 smaller meals are better than 3 larger ones. I would eat a normal breakfast of cereal or oatmeal. Snack would be a fruit or veggies. Lunch was a lean meat and veggies. Snack 2 was again fruit or veggies. Dinner was any protein ( I just can’t give up my beef) and veggies. Sometimes late at night I would get hungry again so I would have a Greek yogurt, a strawberry smoothie, or a small bowl of popcorn.
With food I tend to keep it to the Kiss Method. I am not huge into sauces anyway so this was easy for me. I cook chicken in chicken broth and mrs dashes. Pork chops I cook in beef broth. I buy steam in the bag fresh veggies and add little salt and pepper. I love fresh fruit so I ate a ton of peaches, grapes, strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe. I made the smoothies fresh with Greek yogurt, strawberries, and cranberry juice. My favorite snack was peanut butter and celery. None of what I did took a lot of effort, the worst was throwing the chicken into the oven. I would cook three breasts at a time so I had them for a day or two.
One snack that I just LOVE I got from my step mother. A box of angel food cake mixed with a can of crushed pineapple, juice and all, instead of the eggs, oil, and water called for on the box. Bake as normal. Best WW recipe that I ever tasted.
Hope this helps.
Post # 15
Fellow MountainDewaholic here!! A friend of mine who lost weight successfully said to take it in steps. For 2 weeks he focused on drinking 64oz water minimum a day to make this a habit. Then every 2 weeks he’d add something new like replacing snacks with fruit or yogurt so they were healthier for him. Other things included limiting himself on alcohol and eating out. He counted calories too. He lifted weight 4-5 times a week and tried to get in 30 minutes of cardio most days of the week.
I know if I were to follow this it would really help but I can’t find the motivation!! Lately I’ve been drinking way too much soda (mainly mountain dew) and finding a thousand excuses not to work out so I know exactly how you feel. I wish I had a workout buddy or someone who’s in the same situation to motivate me daily as I know that’s what I need. I’m a big believer in finding people to hol you accountable when it comes to fitness and diet.
Post # 16
@Eva Peron: Thank you for all of the suggestions! It’s so hard to know what works because everyone is so different and all the information pretty much contradicts itself so you never know what’s “right”. Good thing we don’t have a dunkin donuts or a krispy kreme anymore. I would weigh twice what I weigh now if there was one.
@PitBulLover: I need to live closer to a real gym. The Snap fitness I go to doesn’t offer any of those good fun classes. There is a boot camp but that one is SOOO hard and not really that fun to make it worth it. I totally thought juice was good for me. How sad 🙁
@KansasPrincess11: Your very similar to myself. I am 5’6 and I used to be so small and I think we probably weigh a similar amount now. It’s so frustrating. I also love junk food or fast food and it’s the worst habit to quit. I ate cereal every day as a kid and McDonald’s breakfast EVERY weekend I spent with my dad. I don’t know how to make healthy food.
@KansasPrincess11: That is a good tip I will have to remember that!
@Lady Baker: I don’t normally like a sparkling water or a flavored water but I haven’t drank one in probably 3 or 4 years. Maybe I should try something new now. Is there any specific kind you like?
@MissGreen: When you say portion control do you mean eating 1 serving or something else?
@thehoneybear:I am a serious bored eater and if I’ve had a rough day I will treat myself to something tasty and my favorite snacks and maybe a mountain dew or 2 because I deserve it. Ohhh boy!!
@tksjewelry:All of that is really helpful! Have you had a lot of success on this “diet” or way of living shall I say?
@Emmanem:We sound like twins!! The worst part for me is actually enacting cutting things food out of my diet. Soooo hard! And then I convince myself once that I can treat myself because I don’t know how often is appropriate and then I’m snarfing down brownies like I might die without them.