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post #31 of 49
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Oh yea....should I count my calories and fat intake and all that???? How many calories a day should one consume when trying to loose weight????
post #32 of 49
Originally Posted by IloveSiamese
Oh yea....should I count my calories and fat intake and all that???? How many calories a day should one consume when trying to loose weight????
I personally wouldn't do that, I think that it makes the process too complicated, ya know what I mean? I would just focus on eating healthier, using the suggestions that everyone has made, working out, watching your portions etc. You don't want to cut your calories way down, because that will send the body into survival mode, and that mean it thinks its starving so it will hold onto fat. Good luck to you! I really wish you great success! I've been thinking about making a lifestyle change too
post #33 of 49
Originally Posted by marie-p
One great way of getting fruit is by having fruit salad. I usually make mine with a mixture of canned fruits (1 can of pineapple, 1 can of peaches and 1 can of pears - all in juice, NOT syrup) and fresh fruits (apples, grapes, oranges, berries, bananas, etc.)... cut them all and mix them with the juice from the canned fruits, plus a little lemon juice to keep the apples and bananas from turning brown.
How long will this keep in the fridge? I'm thinking I could make a big bowl on Sunday and then pack it as part of my lunch to take to work. I'm trying to eat more fruit.....
post #34 of 49
Katherine, that's great info! I might be bugging you from time to time with questions, too.
post #35 of 49
A lot of times people think something is unhealthy but they are actually much more healthy than people think.

For example, people think anything canned is unhealthy because antioxidents are lost during processing. However, the canning process are scientifically proven to increase absorbance of the remaining antioxidents 100 TIMES OVER. So canned vegetables and fruits are a lot healthier than people think.
post #36 of 49
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So I was watching a re-run of Oprah and they were talking about the "raw diet" like eat everything raw and this ensures that none of the natural nutrients are lost and such. I love raw veggies. I'm changing the way I think about this stuff too. I mean why doesn't a carrot taste as good as a chip??? It's all in my head!

I've drank 7 huge full glasses of water today and had steamed carrots for supper.

I'm doing up my grocery list for tomorrow (I didn't make it today) and I need to make a meal plan for the next two weeks.

So far from here 1 day a week is to be red meat day(like for supper), 1 day for vegetarian day, 1 day for raw only, and the other four we can have meat alternatives and loads of veggies.

When I am reading labels at the store tomorrow, what are the most important things to look for???? and what should I avoid???? (besides the fructose syrup, white floor, and sugar)
post #37 of 49
definitely look at the part where the percentages are and if fat grams are more than, say 10%, of the Daily Value, put that sucker back on the shelf! Look for items high in Dietary Fiber, 2 or more grams per serving
post #38 of 49
Thread Starter 

I need some support right now!!!!!!

I feel so horrible. I want to be healthy so bad but I feel so discouraged these past couple days.

I honestly feel like I am a drug addict and my drug of choice is food. I started this thing a little less than 2 1/2 weeks ago and I've had fast food 3 times (once on a road trip, once on our anniversary and KFC last night because it was so hot and we were too lazy to cook). I really have strong cravings and I've given in 2 times and immediately felt guilty afterwards. Like it didn't even taste good anymore because I felt guilty. I know I'm going to feel this way and yet I can't help myself. It's like I need an inpatient rehab program.

The only positive thing that I keep trying to remember is that I've lived in my habits for 20 years (and I've never been skinny ever) and it's going to take time to reverse these, but I'm so sick of living the way I do and I don't have anyone to help support me. I've been trying to convince myself that I'm ok the way I am and I just need to loose a few pounds but I've been in denial and I am at serious risk for health complications and I am only 20. I always wonder how I ended up this way????

Dh is a stick and couldn't gain a pound if his life depended on it and often is a bad influence on me.

I don't even know whether or not to trust my scale anymore . It has gone down 4 to 5 pounds and hasn't gone lower or higher than that in the past week.

Dh is a stick and couldn't gain a pound if his life depended on it and often is a bad influence on me.

I'm sorry, but I just needed to vent a little cause I am fusterated and scared and I really have no one else to talk to about this.
post #39 of 49
You're okay to vent. These things happen when you are trying to loose weight. Don't look at how you've failed, look at what you've accomplished. You've lost five pounds. What I want you to do is go to you local grocery store and pick up a five pound bag of flower and carry it around while you are doing you shopping. You will then realize how big loosing that weight really is.

When you are breaking bad habits it always hard. I know what you are going through. Don't expect everything to change over night. Take each day as it comes.
post #40 of 49

don't beat yourself up over it. You can't expect yourself to suddenly eat only healthy food. I don't think anyone eats only healthy food.
It's a learning process... you are trying to change your lifestyle and it seems like you're on the right track. Sure, you ate some junk food lately, but that's still a lot less than you used to, right? Don't be mad at yourself for indulging... just be honest with yourself. Yes, you ate things that weren't very good for you... but try and figure out why you did it and how you can help yourself avoid it in the future. Just remember that you can't change all your habits overnight and that you'll never be perfect (and you don't need to be).

Knowing what is good for you is only the first step in learning to take care of yourself. You also need to learn about yourself and how to apply it to your life. Just like with any other thing you learn, it's normal to make mistakes. It doesn't mean that you're failing.

It's not an easy thing to learn but you're doing great so far! Don't give up!
post #41 of 49
The easiest way to give up junk food (at least for me) is to go cold turkey. After about a week, the cravings will stop. Whenever I DID have a craving, I ate something healthy instead. After 2-3 weeks, when you're done craving, you can have a treat every once in a while...but make it small, and don't do it often.

*Hugs* Don't always trust the scale. Trust how you look and how you feel. I lost 25 pounds and now I'm at a standstill. I work out almost everyday (based on my schedule) and others have seen improvements in my body, as have I...but the scale hasn't moved.

Like others said, focus on the positive things, not the negative things, and you'll be fine.
post #42 of 49
Thread Starter 
Oh man was I tired and emotional last night when i typed that. I think I have something against by DH for being a stick LOL

I think I was just fed up with myself last night. I know I really want to change so bad but I am the one who is constantly underminding myself and my progress. I think I should go see and doctor and see what we can do to loose this weight and get healthy...although I do not want to get a physical .

I have to be honest, I went to the doctors in January (because a friend made the apppointment, drove me to it, and came into the exam room with me) and she wanted me to do a full pysical after I went for blood work. I never went back after that. I'm terrified!

I'm going to start thinking in terms of one day at a time and yesterday was the past and start fresh everyday. I've started a weight loss journal to help me keep me goals. Maybe I'll post it here too???

Anyways thank you so much for your words of encouragement, They helped me through this tough time.
post #43 of 49
Weight Watchers.I've lost about 75 lbs on WW.

That basically means chosing lower fat higher fibre foods for your meals, and eating more whole wheats. Also limiting portion sizes (Hey, look at a seving of chips. It's an ounce. The last time you had chips, did you stop at 1 ounce?) Eat more vegetables, Squash, Zuchinni, etc. Avoid Trans Fats, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils, and High Fructose Corn Syrup. Cut back on cream and sugar.
post #44 of 49
Thread Starter 
I can't afford weight watchers. I can't afford anything. When I made the decision that I wanted to change my life, I had to make a choice...Health or job and I chose Health.

I was supposed to go work at Burger King again this summer, but working there over 2 years helped me gain a lot of weight and I know I'm not in a position yet where my cravings are gone or lessened and I don't have that kind of will power for full time work there so I never took the job.

I've applied at sooooo many jobs but I feel like no one wants to hire me because they look at me and see this fat person and think that I won't work as hard as a skinny person or whatever and stats show that employers often decided whether to hire you or not within the first 30 seconds, so what are they really basing it on??????????????
post #45 of 49
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So I thought I'd update this thread....I was thinking that we could use a official weightloss thread or something to that affect.

I joined a weightloss forum where I keep a food and exercise diary but everyone can view and post comments and encouragement in it and it's really awesome. I joined my first 2 week weightloss challange and I am part of the group named belly busters It's awesome.

Does anyone else keep a food/exercise diary?????
post #46 of 49
I used to keep a food diary but that just got annoying to me...but I do watch a lot more now that I was writing it down.

I keep a workout calendar posted above my desk...pink pen for reasons why I didn't work out, black pen to write what I did to exercise. Because the pink stands out more, it makes me want to fill in with the black. It's also nice just to see how much you've done each week.
post #47 of 49
I don't know if anyone else mentioned this, but Oprah says you aren't supposed to eat past 7pm...Thought I'd share
post #48 of 49
Originally Posted by Trouts mom
I don't know if anyone else mentioned this, but Oprah says you aren't supposed to eat past 7pm...Thought I'd share
Yeah, I usually don't eat past 7:30 or so...it depends on what time I go to sleep....it does actually work because I lost more weight the next morning
post #49 of 49
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I think that is relative to what time you would go to bed at....hehe I love Oprah...she goes to bed at 10pm. The rule is to stop eating 3 to 4 hours before bedtime.

I've got to get outside this afternoon and do a good walk for about an hour!

I'm on a challange I hope to loose 2-4 pounds this week. I've lost 2 pounds a week so far yey me! I only weigh once a week(fridays).

I've kind of discovered that I actually like to count calories. Yesterday I had 805 calories ( grocery day blah!) and I ended up eating a Whopper for supper (650 cals) so I feel that my day balanced out.

I'm working on going to bed earlier and get up earlier for walks in the am.

I figure by the time I go back to school (based on 2 lbs loss/week) I will have lost 24 lbs. I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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