(Closed) Need some serious help

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Have you thought about trying Weight Watchers?  It’s really helpful in “teaching” you how to eat right and portion food better.  Also, is joining a gym an option?  If not, you may want to invest in some workout DVDs.  If walking is your thing, I’ve heard great things about Leslie Sansone’s “Walk off the Pounds.”  Also, the Biggest Loser workout DVDs are also great.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have also heard great things about weight watchers; it has really worked well for a few women at my work.  Would your husband be on board? or is he not interested in being more healthy too?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Cutting down on the diet coke is great, I read a study that says drinking that as opposed to non-diet soda can make you gain more weight.  It’d be great if I could remember the reason why but I don’t lol.  Definitely drink as much water as you can, 64oz being the goal to work up to.  Ask your hubs to cut down, to help you.  I can’t have tempting stuff in the house either.  My Fiance understands that so we don’t buy it (he just gets his fill when he’s at work or out with friends).  I think if you find the time to exercise at least 3 times a week, you won’t have to be AS strict about ‘dieting’.  You’ll also want to work up to doing cardio AND some weight training.  The weights add muscle, which helps you reduce fat faster.  Good luck! 

EDIT- I agree with the ladies.  Weight Watchers was amazing.  I lost about 20 lbs when I was in college (freshman 15 and then some).  I was still able to eat whatever I wanted, only in moderation. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just clean up your diet!

Cut out the “extras” – chips, cookies, candy etc. Are there cookies that your Fiance likes that don’t tempt you? Or could you get him on board too?

Once you clean up your diet your body will crave the healthy foods. When you are eating clean that means no processed foods and everything cooked from scratch. Here is a sample menu for some ideas:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar and apples

Lunch: Pita with veggies and chicken breast and a little bit of sauce

Snack: Baked pita chips (made by you – cut up a pita and bake for 5 min) and hummus

Dinner: Chicken Breast with wild rice and a vegetable

Good Luck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I swear to god we are the same person, and the tipping point was the oatmeal raisin cookie agreement, fortunately the Fiance loves them and I do not.   I have only had luck losing weight when I am exercising regularly; it helps a ton with the sweet tooth cravings, and I’m not fixated on my next meal.  

I just started the Couch to 5k program, and it is awesome…totally awesome.  Each step is challenging, but it allows me to build gradually.  I feel like I have a fighting chance, and the best part is that it is free.  I am not a runner, I have never run, but the Couch to 5k has made me feel like a new woman.  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’d recommend Weight Watchers, finding an exercise program/activity that excites you, and reading The Beck Diet Solution. Good luck–you can do it!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Oh I’m a complete sweet-tooth person! We started buying popsicles and the mini-ben and jerry’s, they’re a single-serve size. If I have a pint I’ll consider that a single serve haha! The popsicles really do help though, I thought that it would be kind of a joke but I really find myself satisfied with one when I get a real craving. That and fruit snacks. If you love cookies, get the 100 calorie packs, they really do help you keep from eating too much. I have NO control with serving sizes so even though it’s a little more expensive it’s worth it! 🙂

@Kingcake: What’s the couch to 5k program!?

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that trying to get a lot of the junk out of the house is a good idea.  I have a sweet tooth too but I find that if I have to go out and get the sugary junk, I’m less likely to eat it.  I would try and find healthy meals that you can make for the entire family so you don’t have to worry about cooking different things for yourself and then everyone else.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sweet tooth here, too! 

For me, Weight Watchers would never work. I need to know what I’m putting into my body, and why it’s good or bad, what kind of energy it gives me, etc. For instance, even though butter has more calories, I cook with it over margarine. I’ve found that eating “whole” or relatively close to whole foods helps your body to know when it’s full. So I make sure I’m eating things that are genuinely healthy, and I don’t worry so much about the calories. (Although I do think exercise is still important.) 

As for baked goods, our rule is that we can’t have them around the apartment on a daily basis. It is very possible to become dependent on sugar, and I think many people are. Instead, I bake for us once every two weeks or so. That way I know what’s going into what we’re eating, at least! 

Good move with the diet coke… I lost 10 lbs by cutting all diet coke out of my diet about seven years ago. It is truly terrible for you!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Great job! I haven’t been that good today yet but we don’t really have anything good in the fridge so we’re heading grocery shopping in a few minutes so I don’t have bagel bites for lunch again tomorrow (gasp!). 🙂 Taking the dogs on a walk tonight too, it’s 65 degrees here right now so I’m DYING to go  on a walk! 🙂 Congrats on doing so well so far today! Celebrate the small steps along the way, it’s more fun that way haha!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I have a major sweet tooth that I battle too. One thing I do when I have a craving for something sweet is eat fruit (like clementines) or, if it’s really desperate, have a pint of sorbet on hand. It’s lower in calories than normal ice cream and each pint has 4 servings, so you can easily visualize how much to eat. Usually a few spoonfuls satisfy me.

Your walking is a great start! Any amount of physical activity is better than nothing.

 

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