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I started a diet yesterday

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yuck, I hate dieting. But I really need to lose about 15 lbs. So I'm doing Slim Fast again. This time I'm going to see if I can last more than a week like I did last time. I know this isn't the best diet to use, but I already spend so much of my time dealing with food for the family, I just can't stomach the thought of spending more time dealing with low fat foods for me. Slim Fast is just more convenient. Wish me luck - I'll need it!
post #2 of 24
Good luck! I know what you mean. I started a "fitness regime" I have a Tony Little Gazelle & I have started eating better. It is very difficult to stick with it!
post #3 of 24
I am trying to go on a diet, but I find out its not the fatty food that is tempting me. What's really hard is that I cut down on eating alot. I tend to binge alot and I get hungry. The fat food and the sweets I can deal with. Just not hunger pangs. Yes, I am carrying lite foods with me, but I like alot of soups(especially this time of year). I want to exercise too, but its too cold to go walking. I am too poor to go to the gym, and I had some videos but my machine broke. So, the only exercise I get is I do alot of walking to get to the bus, I use stairs instead of elevators, and do housework.
I try to follow the pyramid diet. Its were they tell you how much servings of each group I need to have. And I keep a bottle of water in the fridge.
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
Nena - The gym can be expensive. I used to go to 24 Hour Fitness three times a week, but I cancelled it to save money. I have a book of exercises that I've started doing each day. They're pretty good, and they don't take very long. Today I did a dumbell press and a two-arm row. Plus I add about 10 minutes of crunches every day. I really need some aerobic activity, but I don't have the opportunity. I'd like to go running or walking, but my husband leaves the house at 6am and gets home at 7 pm, so I don't have time to do it. I can't do it with the kids, and they don't walk fast enough for me to get exercise if we went on a walk. I am NOT getting up at 5:30 to go running.

If my kids were old enough to stay home by themselves, I could go to my husband's gym and really get in shape. He goes to a hole-in-the-wall place that caters to body builders and power lifters.

Anyway, I know how you feel. It's tough getting in shape.
post #5 of 24
It seems a lot of people are committing to new exercise regimes and 'diets' right now, myself included I go to the gym for an hour a day six times a week and am eating much better. I swear I drink enough water to drown a whale!! :jarswim: The gym can be pretty expensive, I pay $40 a month here and I have a key to get in after hours if I want. So far, there hasn't been a huge change for me, but I'm told if it comes of a little slowly, it'll stay off. Maybe we could be a support group for each other in this thread?? :rainbow:
post #6 of 24
A support thread is a good idea. According to research I have been reading for one of my classes, people are more likely to stick with a resolution to change behavior when they let others know about it, and sort of pledge in front of a group.

Hey Colonel, I hope you wife is using the low carbs carefully. It can really mess up your metabolism over time.
post #7 of 24
I'm no expert by any means, but I have read quite a bit about the danger of low and zero carb diets. If your wife truly has a weight problem of that magnitude, I'd say a physician should be supervising.
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
My parents did the low carb diet (Dr. Atkins), and it looked so unhealthy. I can't imagine being on a diet that wouldn't let you eat fruit. They could only eat things like strawberries and raspberries. No oranges, apples, grapes, etc because of the sugar. My dad had pretty good results, but my mom didn't have any weight loss other than the initial one, and that was from the water increase in the diet. They've both gotten off of it (from cheating, not because they think it's not healthy), and they've gained back more than they lost.

The reason I want to do Slim Fast is because I'm lazy and I want to lose the weight fast. I'm also adjusting my eating habits for the meals and snacks I do eat. I know that Slim Fast is not a long term solution, but summer's coming! I can't look like this when the kids and I go to the pool!
post #9 of 24
Hey Dawn, I'm not sure how much truth there is to this, but I was told that there are very high incidences of Gall Bladder trouble in people using SlimFast. It was something like 80% of the study subjects. I was trying it myself until I heard that.
post #10 of 24
Well, I can't diet since I'm pregnant, but once the baby is born...look out...I will be dieting like crazy!!!

I am trying to watch the fattening stuff, though, and eat more healthy, and I bought one of those Tony Little Gazelles, also, so I can get more exercise.
post #11 of 24
I eat ALL the "unhealty" stuff and have only gained 5 pounds in the last year.

Ok..I looked at a lot of these weight-loss things whileloking for a home business. I can't believe some of the outrageous stuff they're pushing. I decided to stay away from the "reducing" outfits because I wasn't comfortable with their claims. I feel that some,if not most,of these outfits are victimizing folks.

So instead I'm into home shopping...anyone want a programmable crock pot??
post #12 of 24
I was doing SlimFast for about 3 weeks or so, but could never just eat or drink a shake/bar for my main meal. I did it mainly as a snack. It seems like with any type of diet, there is always a health risk. IMO, you follow the directions, and you should be ok. I've never had a problem with the slimfast, yet.........

Good luck! I'd like to lose 10-15 lbs.
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well, today is day 3, and I haven't cheated yet! Since I went to Chick-fil-a yesterday with the kids, I had to have a shake for dinner. So I drank that while my family ate what I made for dinner. It wasn't as bad as it sounds because it was chicken, and I really don't care for baked chicken. I made a vanilla shake with some frozen raspberries in it and ice. It was pretty good, and I was full. Today will be a real test. I have MOPS this morning, and we always have tons of really yummy food there, but nothing that is very good for you. I'm going to try to stay away from the food table.

My husband is really excited that I'm doing this (you'd think I was really fat or something the way he carries on). I think he's trying to motivate me. As a man, he doesn't understand that rather than saying "I think that's a great idea - you'll look great in time for summer" he should have said "Honey, that's fine if you want to, but you look perfect to me!" Men! (sorry guys)
post #14 of 24
Debby - we can "gazelle" together! Sunlion I also have a med condition that contributes to me being overweight (PCOS). Any weight loss program should be supervised by a physician. My doctor has me being careful what I eat plus starting out with moderate exercise. I am really enjoying the gazelle - it feels like exercise, yet the way it is made makes it very low impact!
post #15 of 24
Well, since I had my daughter ( she is 2 ), I've had about 25 lbs too much on my little body. I am normally about 130lbs and now I am 155. Sooooooooo, my new years' resolution was to lose about 10. That was a reasonable goal. But no success yet. I have the Tae Bo tapes, and I guess I will start using them finally!!!!! My doctor told me even if I eat the same, but add in excercise 3 days a week, I should lose. I really don't do well with dieting, I love to eat! I am not a junk food addict, I just like normal food. Pasta is my downfall.
So, Tae Bo, here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #16 of 24
how's the diet going??!?!?!
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
So far, so good! I haven't cheated yet, which is pretty amazing considering the food I have in the house for the kids. I've started keeping a food journal so I can keep track of everything I eat and when I eat it. It's a lot easier to see when it's all written down. Since I didn't have a scale when I started (but I do now), I don't know how much weight I've lost, but I know I've lost one pound since Tuesday. So that's good. According to what this scale says, I only have 12 pounds to go until my goal weight.

But the downside of dieting is that I'm a total bitch! (Can I say that here?) I'm just so grumpy, and everything makes me want to cry. I think I may drive my husband crazy before it's over.

Thanks for asking! I can't believe I've made it almost a week!!
post #18 of 24
You go girl! The SO is doing slim fast to get ready for an army PT test. He's not big by any means, but wants to drop 10lbs before he has to take the test. Let me tell you, He's grouchy as well!

He's been doing it for breakfast, lunch and then having a dinner. He's alwasy grumpy until he eats :laughing:

Congradulations Dawn, it's sooooooo hard and you're doing a great job
post #19 of 24
Congratulations to you, Dawn, for sticking with it!!! I salute you!!!!
post #20 of 24
From personal experience, when I don't eat and get grumpy, it's about protein and blood sugar. I tend to go for sugars or starches (which are just about the same as sugars but not quite) because they are quick and filling, but if I'm smart I'll eat a protein food instead. Sugars raise your blood sugar quickly, but it also drops quickly and increases the grumpiness ("sugar blues"). Proteins take longer to digest, so they raise your blood sugar though not as quickly and not as high, and it takes longer for it to drop off again.

So, try a boiled egg for breakfast or a non-fat yogurt or some cottage cheese with pineapple or peaches or even some beans and salsa. Proteins often have a high fat content so be careful what you choose. I know it's not the approved diet, but if it's making you and your family miserable, you might need to adjust what you're doing.

Good for you for sticking with it! It's hard to diet! And it must be nice to see results and have the end in sight.
post #21 of 24
Sunlion, I have had the same experience re: protein vs. carbs.

Yes, maybe proteins have more fat than carbs, but overall it is total calories that makes you gain or lose weight. It is better to eat an egg or a piece of cheese (with some fat) and be satisfied than to have a couple of fat-free cookies, get hungry in 30 minutes, have a couple more, and a couple more, then a cereal bar, and on and on, etc. because blood sugar levels are all over the place.(This is how I used to snack, and it made me fat!!)

I lost 30 pounds about 3 years ago through lots of exercise (an hour 5 days a week) and a change in diet away from processed foods towards "whole" foods, then another 10 in the last year by upping the exercise intensity, eating more protein and less refined carbs, and adding strength training to my gym routine. It takes a while for your body to stop craving fat and carbs, but now I am at the point where I crave fruit, vegetables and fish, if you can believe it! I still eat potatoes, rice, chocolate, cookies and all that high carb food, but I only want small amount. And I cringe at fast food now, and even most restaurant food (so much salt!). Once you have your body used to "clean" food, you don't even want that other stuff anymore.

Good luck everyone!
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well, I made it through the weekend. My cheat day was Saturday, so I got to have two meals rather than just the one. My husband took us to the Texana Grill and I ordered a 8 oz. sirloin and a baked potato. I only ate about half the steak and half the potato. Plus I had regular Dr Pepper, which I have to have if I go out. For dinner I had boiled shrimp and a salad with low fat dressing. So my cheat day wasn't too bad.

Yesterday we went to Mexican food for lunch after church, and it sure is hard to find something that's not bad for you at a Mx restaurant! But I made it through, so it's a whole week ahead to do again. Hopefully this week will be easier than the first!
post #23 of 24
You can do pretty well at a Mexican food restaurant if you can avoid the chips, those are the killer. There they are sitting right in front of you and everyone else is enjoying them, ugh!
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
Oh, I know, those chips are soooo good. I caught myself eating a few when they set them down on the table. Then I remembered my diet and quit. But those few sure were good!

I had skinny tacos with grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, a little cheese on a whole wheat tortilla. Pretty good, actually.
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