(Closed) Struggling with Weight Loss

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

MyFitnessPal worked for me.  It wasn’t so much that I was eating badly, just that my portion control was pretty terrible.  Weighing and measuring food was an eye-opener for me as to just how much I was eating, and I also found that I wasn’t really eating enough protein which has made a big difference to me – I don’t get nearly as hungry if I eat enough protein.  You can work out all you like, but if you’re not eating right it won’t make much of a difference – you can’t out run a bad diet.

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am on the weight loss journey also.  I am using my fitbit charge HR.  This sooo has been helping me.  I log all food eaten on it and try not to go over the calorie allowment.  I have had it since Nov and have lost over 20lbs so far and that is with having a bum knee for almost all of it until last few weeks.  I also started back up on the ellipictal we own last week.  If you can walk, or do your own work outs at home, use some kind of tracker what you eat/how much you eat.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

This is so tough! I went through so many diets, eventually ended up with an eating disorder, and always gave up on my workout regimens more quickly than my diets.

The things that finally helped me were regularly going to the grocery store (to make sure I couldn’t use “not having anything decent” as an excuse to get take-out), bringing lots of healthy snacks to work (so I couldn’t really run out and have an excuse to go buy something with sugar), and getting a water bottle that tracked how much I was drinking (I actually even set timers on my work computer to make sure I was drinking more water at intervals). I would also go on multiple walks a day with different groups of people.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

What worked for me was using MyPlate to count calories (I don’t have to count anymore) and using Fitness Blender. They are free to use on Youtube, but on their website they sell programs. I used FB Fit – 8 Week Fat Loss Program to Lose Weight, Build Lean Muscle & Tone Up. I paid like 10 bucks. I saw results right away – in terms of toning – it really helped jumpstart.

Since September I’ve gone from 160 pounds to 138 pounds. From a size 12 in pants to a size 6. As long as I eat clean and burn 200 calories a day, I’m good. Those workouts were the turning point for me. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

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KiwiDerbyBride:  seconded for MyFitnessPal. You don’t have to cut anything out, so in a sense it’s not really “dieting,” you just watch portion control. That was really helpful, for me at least, not to feel like I had to deprive myself of something (which usually just makes me want it more).

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’ve tried a ton of diets. My best friend and I would pick something new nearly every month, try it for a few days, a week at most and then fail (and binge eat all the unhealthy foods we were depriving ourselves of). Quite honestly, what worked best for me was making sure I ate the proper portions (21 Day Fix) while allowing myself to have some of the things I love once in a while. I slowly lost 10-15 pounds that way (I wasn’t very big to begin with – a size 6/8 – but I wasn’t comfortable with how I looked) and have maintained at a size 4 for about a year. I’m currently trying to lower my body fat percentage, so I get less treats each month, but I still have to have the things I love or I won’t stick to it.

Instead of following a diet plan, I would focus on eating the things you do now but in smaller portions and adding healthy greens to each meal. Try not to say you “can’t” have things and focus on the nutritious things you should add. That mindset made a huge difference for me! For workouts, I’m actually a big gym fan – I am motivated by someone telling me what to do and will go hard when someone is coaching me, which is why I’ve been loving Orangetheory. My fit friends who are not gym people swear by Jillian Michaels DVDs and barre workouts, both of which you can do at home. An ideal fitness program involves both cardio and strength 🙂

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Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Meal prep is also crucial. If I don’t pre-plan my meals, I’ll end up eating cheesey carbs. I pick a day (Sundays for me) where I go through healthy meals on Pinterest and select 3 that I’m going to make for the week, then do all of my grocery shopping and pre-cook them. I go straight to the gym from work and have no excuses when I get home because my dinner just needs to be heated up. I also pack lunch and all of my snacks for the day so I’m not tempted to go to the vending machine or get take out. It can be done! Once you start doing it for a few weeks, it becomes second nature.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I lost about 30 pounds by using MFP. It really helped tracking food intake and once I established a routine work out plan, it kept me accountable to work out. It was very helpful at the end of the day when I just wanted to be lazy but knew I wanted to eat something specific for dinner that I would have to do a specific workout (something that burned more calories). 

It really comes down to prepping your food, cutting out the stuff high in sodium/calories/fat – it takes time and really keeping track of where you are able to cut that stuff. I figure out our meals for the week, write a grocery list for the ingredients, then go to the store. Make sure to have filling, healthy snacks on hand so you don’t eat fast food. This is the biggest/most important thing for me – when I’m exercising I eat right and when I eat right I exercise. 

As far as work outs, when I was pushing myself the hardest I went from the elliptical for 30 minutes a day, to 60 minutes, then started to push myself to run on a treadmill then outside. I was able to run for 60 minutes 4-5 times a week and incorporate strength training and yoga, then on the weekends do something more fun like a long hike. I used to do the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and ripped in 30. I also did Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior and a his strength training DVD. I found it very motivating how I was able to see my strength increasing based on how difficult the videos were in the beginning compared to a week or two later. 

Good luck. You just have to keep trying different things till you find something that works for you. There were times when reading spark people helped, I followed health conscious blogs and people on FB, even watching an episode of The Biggest Loser would get me off my ass and to the gym. And of course thinking about how I wanted to look in my wedding dress and on our honeymoon was motivating!

Post # 15
Hostess
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

theillest: Watching the Biggest Loser motivates me too! Such a guilty pleasure show. I’m usually the outlier here but I hated MFP. I don’t think it works well once you get into a healthy weight and have a little extra to lose – it was telling me to eat 1050 calories (I’m 5’5″) while doing HIIT workouts. I did like it for the first week or two because it helped me see what I was really eating, but their suggested calorie goals are not always healthy.

 

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