(Closed) Sweet tooth & pickey eater bees… how do/did you lose weight?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@galloway111:  lol Its been the hardest change so far for me.  Better eating I could do, add some exercise I could do, get up early enough to eat breakfast…. not so much.  

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@galloway111: You can put anything in quinoa. It will literally accomodate any other ingredient you put in it. It almost looks like a grain but really it’s a seed. I know you love carbs, so try subbing it out where you eat rice dishes. Start slow. You can tinker with the food to find out what you like and what you don’t. Also, try eating whole wheat pasta or even squash spaghetti in place of regular pasta. If you’re really craving ice cream, maybe try gelato or yogurt. You have to find happy mediums especially when starting out. It’s not going to happen overnight. Stick to it!

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I cannot give up sweets for the life of me! And now with all the pre-wedding stress, I’m eating a lot more. I have to switch over to fruits and things with a natural sweet flavor, but it’s so difficult.

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love sweets as well.  I just don’t have bad stuff at my house. That way I’m not tempted.  If I want something sweet I will grab a piece of fruit or eat yogurt or sugar free jello with lowfat whipped cream on it.  Something that satifies my sweet tooth, but still ok calorie wise. 

 

Not doing WW(I’m only trying to lose like 10-15 lbs tops) but I am working with a personal trainer once a week and use my daily burn app on my phone.  I love it cause you can scan all your food (if it has barcode on the package) and track your calories that way.  My trainer just bluntly told me that I could workout all I wanted but if I don’t clean up my diet I will never see the results I want.  I have a calorie max of 1300 a day.  I allow myself one cheat day a week to keep my sanity and even then I try not to go too crazy and limit myself to one thing that day that is “bad”.  I’ve lost 6 lbs in the 2 months since I started but I’ve also built a lot of muscle so even though I don’t see much difference on the scale, I’m seeing it in the mirror and the way my clothes are fitting now. 

 

I used to make excuses all the time why I couldn’t(wasn’t feeling well, too tired, etc, etc). One day you just have to give up the excuses and just say enough is enough and do something about it. 

Post # 53
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@galloway111:  My problem is that if I don’t have it in the house and have a craving, I will stop at the store an buy it… which often ends up costing more money than at a normal grocery store. So then I’m still eating the crap, just paying more for it. And there’s no way I could afford a personal trainer, I can’t afford a gym membership or equipment either.

This here is how I pretty much keep myself away from junk food.  If I dont have it… I *wont* go get and I sure as hell wont pay more for it.  I think of it as a win win… I save myself from the bad calories and I save money by not buying the item at all in the first place.  Do you have a slow cooker?  There are a lot of great chicken breast slow cooker recipes that are delicious.  And great beef slow cooker recipes – best thing about the beef ones is that you can use the toughest cheapest leanest beef and it comes out so tender.  Throw everything in, takes like 10 minutes, come back to it 4-8 hours later, and dinner/lunch/left overs is served.

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@galloway111:  Hey you made a start this morning, that’s great!  I know I would be eating good and then eat one bad thing and then just give up and continue eating bad that day cause I already “messed up”.  I had to just make myself stop that and focus on the good choices I did make that day instead.  Then once I ate good one day I wanted to continue that the next day and so on.  I also try to eat something every 3-4 hours when I’m awake(small snacks obviously between meals).  This seemed to help me from getting to that “I’m sooo hungry I just have to eat and eat and eat” mode. 

 

As for the exercise, you could walk to get some cardio and maybe see about buying used fitness dvds somewhere(ex; amazon) or maybe see if your local library checks out dvds(maybe they have fitness ones?), see if any of your friends have exercise dvds they wouldn’t mind letting you borrow.  I think the key is to do something small and go from there.  Start with a goal to go walking once one week and then progress.  When you start getting regular exercise you do notice it actually gives you more energy.  Good luck!

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Something that other bees have suggested I try (when I posted a while ago about being frustrated with a lack of weight loss), was to keep a food journal. They also gave me some ideas for healthier snacks than what I had been eating. 

Before I tried anything, I was walking (still am) like, 15 hours a week for my job. But I wasn’t losing weight at all! I felt like a fat failure and totally hopeless ( lil bit o’ depression here too ). But something snapped and I got so pissed off about my defeatist attitude that I had to tell myself off, go to the store, get the stuff these awesome bees suggested and start a food journal.

I write every thing down. Every. Single. Thing. A couple of my entries go as such, “One lick of peanut butter. One small bite of KidBunny’s PB sandwich.” “One crouton from Mr. Bunny’s salad.” You can’t leave anything out because it’s always the small bits that you let get away that wind up costing you the most.

As for your sweet tooth, girl. I am right there with you. I am usually TERRIBLE at portion control but I’ve had to physically mete out exactly how much is sensible to eat without totally depriving myself. If I deprive myself, then I just make the craving even more intense. And then when that carefully measured out serving’s gone, it’s GONE until the next day. This also helps STRETCH those yummy sweets farther instead of gobbling an entire sweet up every day.

Have you tried sugar-free candies? I love the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the normal one’s are my total weakness. So I’ll get a bag of sugar-free ones, stick ’em in the fridge in a kinda’ hard to reach space, so I always have to work hard with the puzzle that is my fridge in order to get them LOL.

OP the key is definitely baby steps. The longer it takes you to lose the weight, the longer it will stay off because it will be adapted into your normal lifestyle. One thing at a time. I’m only now trying to eat 3 healthy things a day for a few weeks: almonds, apricots and a protein shake. Apricots.. because they’re a healthy fruit and they were on sale. Almonds, because they’re the healthiest nuts that I like and a handful really does keep me satisfied. The protein shake is quite interesting. I started drinking them, one shake a day and usually in the AM or early afternoon, and now if I go without a shake for too long during the day I will get a headache. My body CRAVES that protein because it was not getting enough before, and now it’s like, “GIMME I NEEEEED IT!” I want to add a new nutrient into this lifestyle soon.

Anyway, long story short (ha), it’s been about 2 weeks, and right now I do not see any results on the scale except 1 pound lost HOWEVER, I am *feeling* better, and that is more important. Baby steps, OP, baby steps.

 

PS- Quinoa is friggin yummy. I used it to stuff bell peppers, along with some ground turkey and spinach. YUM! I need to find more recipes to incorporate quinoa.

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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@galloway111:  The only way you will loose weight is by eating less calories than you expell. you can eat un nutritious food like sugar and starchy carbs like you are, but they cant give you the energy you need in small quantities plus these foods are likely to give you serious health problems later in life. you need to change your diet to fruit, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Until you do this you will always stuggle with your weight and probably have serious health problems. Your taste buds will eventually change too, and salty, carb laden sugary foods will make you feel sick…I’m surprised they dont already.

Just looked at your update Well done on eating breakfast however packet soup and pretzels are really no better than the other food you have been eating. I suspect that your insomnia may have a lot to do with your diet. 

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have a HUGE sweet tooth. I basically just refused to buy any sweets for the house and I would buy “healthy” sweets, like fruit. I would binge (kinda) on fruit whenever I had a craving and within weeks, I had kind of “trained” my sweet tooth to crave fruit instead of candy and cake.

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I know what you mean, I have a sweet tooth too and sometimes it is frustrating giving up yummy food. Fortunately I have a strong self-control at the same time and this favors my diet. I think it is a personal thing and it’s difficult to advise you. Why don’t you see a nutritian and tell him/her about your sweet tooth “problem”? I’m sure a professional will advise you better than anyone else.

Post # 59
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I ate breakfast today for the first time in a few months- Honey Bunches of Oats cereal and a banana. I had one of those microwaveable soup cups for lunch and some low fat pretzels for my afternoon snack. I also walked a little extra after work (and went up some hills) for exercise. I had dinner with friends and ate a burger and fries..

I don’t want to sound discouraging, but this really isn’t a very healthy way of eating, honestly, and it’s not going to give you the results you are looking for. Good for you for eating breakfast, but I have to tell you, Honey Bunches of Oats (along with most, if not all, cereals) are doing you NO favors. That cereal has a TON of sugar, and very little else in the way of fiber or protein. On top of that, this cereal is digested right away, leaving you feeling hungry in an hour. Also, these types of carbs are known to spike insulin levels, which can lead to fat storage. I just looked up the nutrition facts, and one serving (which by the way, is only 3/4 cup, or about a third of the average sized cereal bowl) is 120 calories and 6 g of sugar. Problem is, most people fill up the cereal bowl so most people not paying attention would actually consume around 360 calories and 18 g of sugar- assuming they didn’t go for seconds. It adds up really quick. A banana is going to run you about 100 calories and 15 g of sugar as well, and bananas don’t have as many vitamins as other fruits.

The soup was probably full of sodium (which won’t make you fat, but it will probably cause bloat and temporary weight gain due to water retention), and pretzels, while low calorie, are really just empty carbs.

Looking over your daily food intake, you are severely lacking in vegetables and lean protein- two things you must have in order to lose weight/fat. I am guessing you probably consumed around 300 g of carbs, and only around 30 g of protein (and if it weren’t for that burger, it would be more like 10).

Excessive sugar and carbs cause your body to store fat, or at the very least, prevent you from losing existing fat. There is no way to maintain this type of diet and still lose weight.

If you must have cereal in the morning watch your portion size. And that is going to be your carbs for the day. Lunchtime should be some kind of lean protein- tuna, chicken, turkey, shrimp, etc with veggies. Dinner is the same. Snacks should be fruits and veggies. If you need something salty, try almonds or pistachios instead of chips and pretzels.

Coming from a carb and sugar junkie, I know this sucks to hear. I did mountains of research and was desperate for someone to say that carbs were not the devil (when I say carbs, I do not mean fruits and veggies). You don’t have to give them up completely, but you must cut down, and stop having such carb heavy meals 3 times a day. Good luck!

Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Thats great that you made a start!  Its definitly one day at a time.  Don’t get discouraged and keep at it. Smile

Post # 61
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

I’ve been feeling like I’m in the same boat lately!  Since meeting Fiance, I’ve gained over 30 lbs, easy.  When I first met him, I was at my healthiest, but still overweight.  Now I’m trying to be motivated, but it is really really hard.  So, to kind of keep me on track, here are some of my ideas.  Planning the week’s meals in advance takes a little work, but makes it easier to stay on track and instead of making the decision to eat better later, you just have to eat what is on the plan.  I’m trying really hard to like running, so I started the Couch to 5K program awhile back – it was shockingly hard at first, but I got to about week 7 and started to enjoy it as some me-time (before getting super ill and putting it on the back burner…  should really start that up again). I want to get a gym membership again someday (some health insurances cover part of it, but I don’t think mine does…  check, though!) because after work it is hard to get motivated to move more sometimes, but when I make the effort to go to the gym, I tend to stay longer.  Also, tvs when working out!  I used to watch Say Yes to the Dress every day while on the elliptical after work!

Mostly, it’s important to take baby steps, like you’ve already started.  Don’t beat yourself up when you slip up, instead think about the awesome choices you make for your health.  I told myself if I could lose 20 lbs I would buy myself an Anthropology dress, since I’ve always coveted them, but that hasn’t been a good motivator because I get impatient and give up.  So while I am just starting still, my personal motivation has turned to health, and making good choices for myself.  

I also read somewhere that by using your non-dominant hand to do more things that you typically use your dominant hand for (like brush your teeth or put makeup on or something) can increase your will power – might be crazy, but I’m trying it!

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