Post # 1
Ok I will start this by saying I was thin but muscular most of my life. I took dance lessons until my freshman year of college and danced CONSTANTLY. Then when classes weren’t available to me anymore (about 7 years ago) after that I started gaining weight and then I lost about 40lbs after a break up. And at one point in high school I was around 90lbs. But now that Fiance and I are happy and netflixing with dominos we really packed on weight. We are both at our highest weight ever. I am 5’0″ and 189lbs and he is 5’7″ and 195lbs. I do think I carry my weight decently as most of it tends to be in my boobs and butt but my stomach and arms bother me. We started a gym membership over the weekend and we have gone 3 out of 3 days so far. We planned on going 2x on weekdays once before work and once after. For the time being I am trying to just get more active and not burn myself out. So I am mostly walking or doing the stationary bikes and some high rep low weight arms exercises and abs. Do any bees have any work out or dieting tips? We are also trying to eat better but we are awful at knowing what to eat and what to avoid. Last night I made salmon, asparagus, and rice for dinner. For breakfast I have been eating (this may sound weird) the packet baby food. Lol It’s easy for me to just grab one before I leave for work. I get the fruit and veggie mixed ones and they are only 100 calories a pouch. They taste fine and seem like they have good ingredients. Is this a crazy thing to do? I am not big on eating breakfast usually. So I figured this way I am not skipping it but at least what I am eating is low calorie? I don’t mind slimfast either though. I was considering asking my doctor for a weight loss prescription. Has anyone used one they like a lot?
My measurements right now are
I need to measure again tonight those are just the last time I checked. But I will measure tonight and add arms, thighs, calves.
If anyone else would like to share helpful tips I would love that. Or if you are also trying to get in shape for your wedding or TTC or something feel free to post your starting weight and where you are now and we can keep encouraging each other and sharing progress. Or venting about set backs.
Does anyone else (especially those with ED) have issues with anxiety when losing weight? Typically when I start to see progress I get to a point when I get really anxious and panicky over what I do eat. And at time if I eat something bad I get like and overwehlming sense of guilt and dread. Is there anything you do that helps with those thoughts? When I am chubby it’s because I don’t care and I ingnore those feellings. But the more I lose the more I get nervous about “undoing” hard work at the gym or good discipline with food etc.
Post # 2
Netflix and Domino’s chick here also.
Anxiety too! I lost 40 pounds before meeting DH (3 years ago) and of course I packed it back on. For me, I cannot work out at gyms. I Wish I could since they are fantastic, but the people FREAK me out. My anxiety shoots up.
As for eating something bad, I’m a firm believer you have to do that when trying to lose weight. I will eat something naughty (I had Ben and Jerry’s last night) just to keep me on the train. I don’t see it as a trainwreck when i do, more like a turn on the tracks and Im keep chugging.
Download My Fitness Pal. That is a great app to help lose weight. Fair warning though, sometimes that app makes you UNDER eat. I currently have mine to lose 1 pound a week, just for the calories, but I typically lose 2-3 a week on that. So don’t STARVE yourself!!
As for food, check into recipes. Sparkrecipes.com has some great ones. Same with pinterest. I just found a WW chicken stroganoff on Pinterest that I’m obsessed with.
Post # 3
I gained 70-80 pounds in college after I met my BF/now Fiance.
I recently started doing Beachbody’s programs. I signed up under a coach (if you look through your Facebook friends, I’m sure some of your friends are coaches). I do the challenge groups, and they seriously keep me SO motivated. I won’t share my exact stats on here, but I did lose about 40 pounds after 4 challenge group rounds. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Post # 4
I started a support thread the other day: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/getting-healthy-and-fit-support-thread/
First things first, stop ordering take out or delivery. As in, don’t even do it once in a blue moon. Instead make it yourself in your kitchen where you can control what goes into it. For example even though we are trying to get healthy and fit too we make calzones every once in a while, and I am able to put a ton of veggies into them, make the crust fairly thin, and limit the cheese. I also will cut them in half so we have half for another meal. We will also eat a lot of side salads to push up our veggie intake. I also have been taking 4 servings of fruits/veggies for lunches. That way I usually eat 2 servings for lunch and then if I’m still at work later at night when I’m getting hungry again I can eat the other two servings.
The majority of losing weight is in your diet, so clean that up first. It takes so much time at the gym to make up for the calories that you might consume with say, a delivery pizza. On that same token don’t feel like you can ONLY have super healthy stuff. Just eat chocolate, cookies, etc. sparingly. That is always my downfall!
Post # 5
Gyms TOTALLY freak me out! Luckily we joined a local community center right near our house. It is mostly mom’s working off baby weight, seniors and regular Joe’s just trying to keep a bit fit. There has not been a single person there showing off a six pack or anything when I have been. Which makes it so much less intimidating!
I have fitbit and Samsung S Health which I do like. Fiance loves stroganoff so I will have to check that out!
I totally agree! Definately going to try to cook at home 99.9% of the time. The other hard part for us will be bars. We usually go to a sports bar at least once a week to watch a game, drink cheap draft beers and eat garbage! Ughhhh But with the super bowl around the corner and our team out maybe we can avoid the bar…
Post # 6
I’d recommend joining a site like myfitnesspal.com that’s actually designed for weight loss, food tracking, exercise tracking, etc.
I’d say for breakfast, you need to have something high in protein. A jar of baby food isn’t going to give you sufficient nutrients to stay full — it’s designed for someone weighing like 20 pounds, not 200. Greek yogurt is a great and easy breakfast — add in some fruit and granola to make it a more filling and complex meal. Same thing with cottage cheese.
Host your own super bowl party and cook healthy apps (homemade low fat ranch and veggies, dips made with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, etc). There are lots of easy way to cut calories if you do a bit of research!
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2019 - Canada
My secret to success is cheat meals!!!! Watch what you eat really carefully, but allow yourself one cheat meal every week or so, just so you dont feel deprived! I’m doing the 21 Day fix program right now, and its a really well balanced program. Check it out on Pinterest, even if you dont follow it to the letter, there are so many healthy meal ideas there. I would suggest swapping out your babyfood packets for some “real” food for breakfast. An egg, some low sodium ham and a whole wheat english muffin is good. Greek yogurt & berries, overnight oats, or quick oats with protein powder, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, banana and milk is one of my favorite grab & go breakfasts. There are so many ways to heathy-up your favorite meals. I started making my own pizzas on flour tortillas, waaaaay less calories, but still get my pizza fix!
Feel free to message me for some more meal ideas, I have been planning my meals out for the week according to my 21 day fix portions and I’d be happy to share that with you for inspiration!
Post # 8
The hard part is I am not hungry at breakfast. But not eating anything supposedly slows down your metabolism. So I thought a little pouch of something is better than nothing. Lol Plus not having the time to make anything (I could get up earlier… but ew lol). I could go back to slimfast or something. What I liked about the pouches is they have greek yogurt and berries with quinoia etc. They just looked kinda good! lol
Post # 9
Diet/nutrition is the key! I’ve lost 32 lbs since last March – from 152 to 120lbs and I’m 5’6″ using the 21 DFX. It is such a great sustainable program.
Post # 10
Try focusing on just meat and vegetables for dinner, like salmon and extra asparagus only. No need for rice or potatoes or anything like that.
Also, I’ve said it before on here but I would totally recomend weight watchers. Its worked for me in the past and you learn a lot. Having to write down what you eat is good becuse it holds you accountable and counting points can actually be fun 🙂
If you dont like weight watchers try another plan, south beach, paleo… something that you can turn to as a reference point. For me I need something like that, some structure and guidelines.