(Closed) Need some advice! Wedding weight loss?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@BoxerLady:  Have you considered doing Paleo?  Try reading Wheat Belly, The Primal Blueprint or The Paleo Solution.  They have the potential to be life changing!  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

When I started exercising Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred helped me. It is only 30 minutes a day and the moves aren’t complicated.  

As far as actual weight loss- I didn’t lose very much with Jillian because I didn’t change my eating habits.  I started counting calories which meant I had to read every single nutrition label and I ended up losing weight. It is time consuming but it gets easier after a while. I liked LoseIt but I know a lot of ladies on this forum us My Fitness Pal. 

Calorie counting will help you lose weight, but exercising is very important for the depression you seem to be battling. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Oh also I should add when I started to run I did couch to 5K and loved it! Good luck πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Sign up on Fitday. It is awesome. You put in your current weight and your goal weight and the time frame. Then it tells you how many calories you need to cut back in order to reach that and you can enter all of the things you eat in a day on your food chart to track how many calories you have eaten and how many you have left for the day.

It takes a bit to figure out the site because there is soo much you can do on there but I only ever used about three of the tabs.

EDIT: Oh and you also enter any kind of physical activity you do throughout the day because obviously that will affect your calorie count. πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@ginmar:  I second trying out couch to 5k.  I actually did pooch to 5k (very similar training program, but for people who run with dogs) and it’s really helped with my endurance.  I used to not be able to run longer than 60 seconds, but now I can run for 25 minutes without issue.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You have loads of time! I’d suggest starting by keeping a food diary. Don’t start trying to modify your intake straight away; just record it for two weeks. Literally every single thing you put into your mouth should go into it along with what time you ate it. You’re not going to show it to anyone, so there’s no reason to minimize.

Once you have two weeks of info, look over it. Some patterns should emerge. For example, you’re eating a lot more sweets than you thought. Or you’re eating way less fruit and vegetables than you thought. Wow, you’re not eating much lean protein, are you? And you’re eating a lot of bread, or drinking, wow, two or three Starbucks a day? The first time I did this, I was genuinely amazed by what I saw. My lizard brain was “helping” me forget all the crap I was eating.

Once you have the data, you can start changing things one at a time. Personally, I eliminated 90% of the refined carbs, including sugar, in my diet (for me, carbs get converted to belly fat in what seems like a matter of minutes). I started eating a lot more protein (eggs, chicken, fish) and veg (whole avocadoes are great for your skin). I started eating several small meals and not letting myself get so hungry that I would raid the snack machine (eating small meals more frequently also help rev up your metabolism). I started drinking at least two liters of water a day. I never counted calories, but I did keep up the food diary for several months until my new habits were ingrained.

Also, if you don’t already, start exercising every day. It doesn’t have to be much – a quick run, or even a long brisk walk. Exercise does very little for weight loss compared to diet changes. But it is a huge mood elevator and helps you feel better about yourself. Strength training is good for raising your resting metabolic rate. If you have the time and money, yoga is also excellent for lifting depression and helping you be more mindful, which can help if you have a tendency to overeat mindlessly.

The only other thing I would say is, don’t judge your progress by the scale. I weigh myself very infrequently, and only out of curiosity – I think how my clothes fit (or don’t fit) and how I feel phycically is a much better measure of progress. I weigh more now than I did 15 years ago, but the clothes I wore then are too big for me, because I’ve redistributed my weight and put on muscle while subtracting fat.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The only sucess I found with weight loss is from using My Fitness Pal. I have the app on my phone so I can enter everything I eat throughout the day. Yes, counting calories is a pain in the ***, and it takes diligence (like that glass of juice I just drank? ugh add 80 calories). But honestly it works and I am used to the amount of food I eat now (I was pretty hungry for a while at first). Before using the My Fitness Pal App, I used to have a couple glasses of red wine on weeknights and weekends. (still have red wine Saturday nights!) and eat whatever i want. I thought it was okay cause I work out 4-5 times a week, did insanity, etc. But I never lost weight! Since I changed my diet I’ve lost 8 pounds. I am 5’4

Good luck its def. doable!

P.S. I started a Paleo diet too it’s awesome! Helps you find foods to eat to keep you full πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BoxerLady:  I really recommend Weight Watchers.  It gives you a structure to work with that really holds you accountable, but also gives you flexibility.  For example, today I judged a pie contest… and I am still completely within my guidelines for the day!  I couldn’t eat pie all the time, of course, but I knew this was coming, planned for it, and am very happy to know that I had this fun experience wihtout ruining some plan or other.

Weight Watchers will also teach you a lot about nutrition and healthy living…from a manageable perspective.

Mostly, i think the key is finding something you can live with.  You don’t want something drastic that will make you feel like you need to give up if you go off track once.  And you don’t want something that doesn’t work with your lifestyle.  If you really would rather die than not ever eat pasta, then Paleo probably isn’t for you.  If you need to be able to eat out sometimes, certain plans might not be convenient.

The BEST thing I can tell you is that losing weight and making healthy choices is not all or nothing.  If you can’t make a huge change right now, make a small one every time you have a meal.  Have a side veggie instead of fries.  Pick a fruit for a snack instead of chips.  One small choice at every meal.  And, try something small activity-wise, too.  Take the stairs.  Park far away and walk further.

Nothing puts me back in that destructive cycle of eat, guilt, lazy, guilt, etc. like thinking that if I am not eating only lean proteins and veggies and running a 10k every day, then I may as well order chinese and sit on the couch.  It’s not true.  Little steps are important, and they count.  Even if all you do is take a quick walk around the block, you’re doing laps around the old you that just stayed on the couch!

You won’t see a miracle just because your wedding is coming up.  Trust me… I wish I would. πŸ˜‰  But you will feel great just being on the right track, and you might lose some pounds and inches too!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BoxerLady:  for me, what really motivated me was getting a gym membership and attending exercise classes.  it’s really helped me to focus on my health. when i wasn’t working out, i was eating like crap. i’m not really overweight, but i was just feeling so GROSS. i always wore sweatpants/baggy clothes because i felt so bloated all the time.  as soon as i joined the gym, i used that as a motivation to eat right. so i’ve cut out almost all sweets and replaced them with fruit.  it’s working really well so far.  i know that diet is 80% of weight loss and exercise is 20%, but for the the exercise really helps me be smart throughout the day.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@HeLovesDogs:  +1 on the MyFitnessPal. It’s the only thing that works for me!

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