I'm in the same boat. Gaining weight rapidly, started after my accident and I can't get it to stop! I also don't want to ride Rick because I feel too big for him. I feel for you!!! How old are you? I'm 32 and it's already getting harder.
Stress, pain, late work nights, and not exercising correctly is packing the pounds on me. I lost 15 lbs. This summer and was feeling great but now it's back on plus some... Happy weight could be the cause! Most women will struggle when they get on the typical schedule of eating/being with a man. Add in snuggle time and watching movies, and you get POUNDS! Happens all the time.
DH has been trying to get me the Insanity workout off Ebay. (Have you looked at that?) I WILL do it but refuse to pay over $150 especially right before Christmas. My cousin did it and she had to stop because she was losing too much weight! I've been using the elliptical but hate it, the movement hurts my neck and shoulder. Yoga is the only thing keeping me from looking like a hippo! It keeps me feeling good and limber and strong, but it's packing on muscle.
So the only way for me is to eat lots of lettuce and celery with something yummy like grilled shrimp or chicken and a bit of olive oil. I eat eggs and tomatoes for breakfast, limit my salt intake (watch it and you will lose quite a few pounds from swelling, the food you are eating is loaded with it). I have to eat carbs or go crazy, so look at Sam's and check out their pita crackers, buy bulk fruit and veggies. I eat those more if I know they will go to waste.
Hang in there!
I'm miserable too and only fit in one pair of jeans and a few flowy hippy pants. NOT GOOD! I'm also going to freeze until I lose some of this weight, CAN'T ZIP MY COAT! Need to get moving...
LOL, I will echo a lot of what has already been said, and then argue with some of it.
You absolutely need a full physical check up, if you haven't changed much in your eating or exercise habits, then something in you has changed.
It sounds like you are caught in a familiar downward spiral, you feel fat and frumpy, and things are difficult so you end up doing less, so yeah, upping your physical activity is a great idea. And weight is realtive in a way, when I lost all my weight, when I got to 230 pounds, having been 316 pounds, it felt light and I was active and felt like I could do any damn thing. The next time I was 230 pounds, on the way up from my all time low of 170, I felt fat and frumpy.
Breakfast, I agree it is important, and actually bacon and eggs, without the potato is not such a bad choice, depends on how your body works. I know that personally I do better restricting carbs very heavily, but protein and fats have little affect.
Eating late, controversial, some studies say it's bad, some say it's the 24 hour intake that matters. Personally I'm a late eater, and while my losses may be quicker if I are earlier, who knows, this is the way I do it.
I do believe that eating little and often is important, I currently eat 6 small meals a day, and that is working well, it is a habit I need to maintain I think.
While vegetables are great, not all veggies are created equal when it comes to weight loss, roots and some 'seeds' are not so good.
That's a good link Golden! Also wanted to add (link reminded me!) you need to watch it most days and then have a fatterday. One day a week when you don't exercise, and eat whatever you want within reason. Keeps me sane.
First, LOTS of hugs!! DO NOT PANIC!!! I've been here before.
Here are my suggesions, and I believe they will help you. =D
1) Eat very slowly. Your brain registers a full stomach 20 minutes after you begin a meal. If you're eating in a rush, like at breakfast, cut the volume in 1/2, instead. You are probably eating to match your bf's meal, and he probably needs more calories than you do. It's a pretty common problem.
2) Get a calorie counter. There are many online.
3) Do a "diet awareness week". You write down everything that goes into your mouth. Do this M-F, then tally the calories you have eaten every day to see what you're eating. You need ~ 2,000 calories/day to maintain your current weight, so you are looking to reduce that amount in order to begin a weight loss.
4) Keep a calorie diary. DO NOT beat yourself up if you miss a day, or a meal bc you are monitoring your eating habits, not looking for a perfect record. You need to do a LOT of exercise to increase your daily maintenance intake, so look for the # calories you need to maintain or reduce your weight at rest.
5) DON'T look to lose more than 1 pound/week. Better yet, look to lose no more than 2 pounds/month. The idea is to make permanent eating changes, and your body will fight you if you starve it.
6) Force yourself to eight 8 ounces of water every day. Get used to lukewarm water in a water bottle. Sometimes we feel hungry when our body is really thirsty. No other drink will substitute for water, so you don't have to drink something else. I like to cut lemons and squeeze them in my water, but it's just me.
7) Eat out ONLY at the grocery store. Most stores now have baked chicken and some other meals that are either ready to eat or require minimum cooking. Even though they might be higher in calories than you would put together, they are much lower in calories than any fast food places. Avoid any fried foods. They are highly breaded.
Golden Corral, and many other buffets have some of the highest calorie foods out there bc there are fried foods with sugar on meat, and a lot of other extras in their other foods. I know bc we ate at the one in Carbondale, IL when we drove our youngest back to Law School after break last Sunday. It is cheaper to add sugar and fat for them.
ONE alternative is KFC's baked chicken,but I'd buy just that, and eat salad you make yourself.
8) Find a low calorie food or foods that you can pig out on. One of mine is fresh watermelon, and I'll eat a LOT at one sitting. But it doesn't make me gain weight...just run to the rr a lot!
9) Keep your favorite treat, like chocolate, in small portions, and treat yourself often IN SMALL AMOUNTS. This will keep your mind off of them.
For the past year I have been losing weight so slowly that only my family has noticed. All other women that I know have done the quick weight loss, enjoyed the acclaim, but honestly, I'm sure most will gain it back again, which nobody wants. My DH has had a relapse on his diet, but he eats out 3x/week, what with a regular business lunch, a lawyer's lunch and a K of P (men's club) lunch every week. I haven't eaten dinner out more than 3x this last month, and I've dropped one size in my jeans.
I will admit that until a month or so ago, I was a sprinter when it came to eating. I could, and would, polish off a full plate of food in just a few minutes. After Robert commenting on it several times and me severely overeating to the point of almost making myself sick, I sat down and tried to figure out WHY I was eating so fast. I'm the kind of person that if I know the why of a behavior, I find it easier to correct. What I figured out was that I have gotten so used to lunch at work being my only meal of the day and only having 30 minutes to get something to eat and to eat it, that I learned to shovel the food in as fast as I could so I could eat more in a shorter amount of time.
I have since corrected this behavior. I take smaller bites, chew slowly, take a drink between each bite (usually drink water), and I don't put as much on my plate in the first place. This has cut my food consumption at meals in half...at least...and I no longer feel over-full after meals.
When we were first dating, I could eat Robert (a former Marine) under the table. Now, I eat maybe half as much as he does. However, I normally ate that much (prior to changing my habits).
I know this is going to sound whiney, but I cannot force myself to drink lukewarm water. It has to be ice cold or I literally gag. Posted via Mobile Device
For the record, I don't necessarily like eating out. I enjoy cooking and try to use fresh produce and lowfat ingredients. Example: I made meatloaf last night. I used 93% fat-free beef. We also had asparagus, which I boiled to al dente with herbs (no butter). All-told, the meal was under 300 calories. Posted via Mobile Device
For the record, I don't weigh myself. I know that when I reach my final goal, and fit into the clothes I want to, that I will weigh more than a lot of people, bc I have at least 30 minutes of animal care every day and I have a LOT of muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, and many thin people can be very flabby. One of my FB friends, who wears size 2 jeans (pretty sure of the size, or smaller), commented that her 6yo DD said she "wiggles". She was very offended.
I'd rather look like I look now. Everybody will see my muscles, more and more, as I slowly loss the excess.
My lower arms look like I regularly arm wrestle right now! Is this a sport?!?
JUST keep trying, and you'll be successful.
NO PITY PARTIES when you backtrack. We all do that.
My QH, "Buster", told me yesterday that he would LOVE a good brushing all over with my small, rubber curry. THAT's a good workout, too. =D
Wow! Lots of great answers here. Small changes, done consistently, journal what works for you, & do more of the same. Get checked out medically & hopefully you'll see results soon. I've always liked seeing your posts here & hope you can get back to seeing your horse more often, & get some trail time w/him.