Post # 1
So the backstory:
I’m 5’5 for reference.
In high school: 115-120 lbs.
From 18-21yo: 125-130 lbs.
From 21-currently 25yo- 140-145 lbs.
I was at my heaviest 155 lbs for a few weeks in between in a HORRIBLE relationship a few years ago… I broke up with that douchebag & literally lost 20 lbs within a few weeks because of the stress of losing a serious boyfriend.
When I met my current Fiance I was about 130-135 lbs and felt pretty good about myself — My clothing fit better, I felt confident….
Now 3+ years in, Im up to 145 lbs… and hate myself 🙁
I honest to god think I am ADDICTED to Sugar. I crave it. Daily. As much as I can get. Its so bad 🙁 I do good for Breakfast & lunch at the house… but dinner I eat SO BAD & I crave dessert everynight. Its awful and I feel so stressed with taking care of my house, my 4 dogs, running an ebay business, & working weekends at my other job — I just dont have much motivation for working out — (Plus being out of shape is discouraging too)
I just want to get down to 130 — where I feel beauitful & confident. My Fiance could care less and thinks im sexy now… But I find myself avoiding pool parties, going out, or family events because I feel so insecure and disgusted with myself.
So END RANT! I need healthy eating advice, workout tips for beginners… Btw I HATE greek yogurt–its sour and I cannot get it down so thats a no go…. But I am open to suggestions ladies! Please help me & motivate me:)
Post # 3
I found doing a food log helped when cutting back food. You might want to think about weight watchers for a diet it worked for me when I was able to focus on it.
As for excersicing I found that getting into a routine when I was into excerising really helped and after a year I got to a point where I started to become very addicted to it.
Post # 4
@tynakinnon: What time of day do you exercise? I get on kicks of doing lunges for a couple weeks and its almost like when I feel like i start looking great I stop doing them, when I need to continue! Ugh! Any foods you swear by?
Post # 5
I used go in the late afternoon after school when I started to become addicted to excerising. I am no longer hooked but when I do excerise I still do late afternoon/early evening.
As with food when I get into health kicks and excerise drives I usually eat more salads and forzen veggies. But even when I become invested I rarely cut back my sugar craving and soda addiction.
Post # 6
If you crave sugar then don’t have it in your life. Seriously, ask your SO to have sugary snacks and stuff outside of the house so that you won’t be tempted to eat them, at least for the first couple of weeks while you’re getting into a routine of eating better.
Your sugar cravings are probably just down to the facts that sugary foods taste good and the cemicals they put into them are addictive. But it is posssible that you’re not getting enough of something in your diet. I’ve included an ‘if you’re craving this you need this’ chart so that you can maybe try a few of the foods when you’re craving sugar.
If you’re not good at working out then you might want to try and look for some basic workouts on Pinterset, or try a more relaxing activity like swimming. Paul Eugine videos on youtube are hilarious and fun to do. He is so crazily enthusiastic about everything.
Post # 7
@Barbiestylez: First of all – try to relax and get enough sleep. Stress is a powerful weight gainer and sleep deprivation does the rest. 🙂
As for food choices – I’ve changed my way of eating 3 years ago when I had 230lbs. on my hips 🙂
Try to have a rather big healthy breakfast with enough energy to last you till lunch (try some oats with fruit and non-greek yoghurt 🙂 or something, maybe add in some nuts; or try whole grain bread with some lean ham or something).
At lunch, you can allow yourself some small dessert as well 🙂
And for dinner it’s just veggies and proteins (salads, meat, eggs, yoghurt, veggies – no fruits, no carbs, no sweets). You don’t really need energy for the night, but your body needs some proteins to build up new cells and stuff while you sleep.
Try not to snack in between, so you don’t get blood sugar peaks and insulin overproduction (insulin overproduction decreases your blood sugar and if you have too much insulin in your blood, you start craving sugar). Also, no sweet drinks AT ALL, just water and unsweetened tea (also try to avoid artificial sweeteners).
As for working out, which is really essential to losing weight and getting in shape (even more than eating healthy actually!): is there a nice gym nearby? Maybe they offer some fun courses you could attend. The first 2 weeks will be hell – but as some PP said – it is addicting and now I can’t imagine going without.
You can do it!!!
Post # 8
@Barbiestylez: sugar is addictive! It has made you’re brain realease feel good hormones and lights up the pleasue and reward centers of your brain. Every time you want a dessert grab a peice of fruit. Your body is stil getting sweetness and will eventually learn to crave that. I’ve found that since I have started scheduling my work outs like they are meetings then im more likely to keep going. I also told the front desk greeter about mygoals in the long term and for the wedding. Now everyday I see him I feel more accountable. He asks how ky work outs go and how im feeling about my progess. Its awesome!
Post # 9
try doing some research on fat fighters, thermofit, and body wraps(not the watee weight ones)
Post # 10
Try clean eating… its worked for me. I don’t have any breads or pastas, lots of veggies, a good breakfast of a smoothie or eggs.
If you can afford it, get yourself a personal trainer or join bootcamp – it keeps you accountable.
Post # 11
Don’t be so hard on yourself girl! You have so many options you can take in order to get your body back the way you want it to be. As for the greek yogurt, I actually don’t like chobani myself however, I love the blueberry light and fit greek yogurt it’s not sour at all. Another great option for you is using a shake as a meal replacement once a day. My mother has been using Shakeology and actually got me hooked on it now as well. You basically replace just one meal a day with a shake and the whole program comes with meal plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks with the amount of calories in each meal you consume. It also comes with 2 workout DVDs which maybe will be better for you because you won’t have to even leave your house to get some exercise in. I also think the meal plans will be helpful for you because you can plan your meals for a week so you don’t make poor decisions for dinner or any other meal throughout the day. Read motivational quotes throughout your day. Pinterest has so many and you will get the confident booster that you need to help you get motivated. You can do anything you set your mind to.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it take to accomplish it, the time will pass anyway”
Post # 12
@Carlasgettingmarried: Thank you so much! So A quick update– I typically have ice cream/some type of dessert 3-4x a week — Its BAD. I spoke to my stepmom & she told me the same thing — cut out sugar. So…. Its been 8 days & Ive had NO ice cream, no dessert AT ALL. Ive been eating A LOT more veggies & lean meats like chicken/lunch meat.. I’m down a couple lbs & I feel much less bloated. Ive started with lunges & using my Total gym for arm exercises… I do feel better and when I see a doughnut or ice cream, I dont feel such an overwhelming craving for it. I will keep you ladies updated! Any snacks/advice I will take!!!
Post # 13
@moiraine: Thank you lady! Ive been doing good for 8 days now! I know its not long, but I feel motivated & not craving sugar because Ive been avoiding it completely. Ive been eating plain oatmeal in the morning mixed with half water/half skim milk… I’ve been doing grilled chicken breast with brocolli/corn/unsweetened applesauce as my side & salad/grilled chicken for dinner except I did endulge in Chipotle last night. BUT a typical week for me would be pizza, chipotle, nachos, burgers… So, Im hoping with cutting out all my sugar AND eating out only once a week, not 4 times that I will lose weight — slow & steady! I appreciate all your advice!!!
Post # 14
@Little_Hedgy: I dont go to the gym, only because I am so busy already and I HATE going alone — it gives me anxiety when guys stare & whatnot — BUT I do have a Total gym & Eliptical which i LOVE & I do lunges/squats at home quite often — Fiance is also helping me with arm toning exercises.
@LinzAZ: I will look into that! I worked at a spa that did bodywraps so I am familiar — but they were the water weight ones.. What kind are you talking about so I can google them?:)
Post # 15
@CupcakeLove: Im trying to stick to oatmeal, smoothies, egg whites, lean lunch meat, chicken, salad…. Its def tough, but i am seeing results in the short time ive been doing it!!
Post # 16
@jillianf23: Thanks lady!! I will try that yogurt — I just cannot handle the sour stuff, YUCK!! I am doing better! & Hopefully in a month or two I can post before — middle — & after pics of my progress!! I think once I really see results, it will motivate me even more! My cravings are A LOT less severe now, and no sugar for 8 days! yay for me!!! I appreciate your advice!