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    02-24-2014, 11:15 PM
Green Broke
Need motivation and help :/

Well..I want to lose weight. I want to weigh in at 175# and I'm currently at 220#. I've been stuck at 220 for two years, and I'm just tired of it. My knees and back hurt all the time, and I'm sure the extra 45-50# doesn't do anything for my ankle that I've chipped and sprained numerous times either.

I just don't know WHAT to do. I frequently get stuck eating mcdonalds (I atleast stay away from nuggets and burgers though) because my brother eats all the food at home and I'm stuck with nothing at the house except for the junk he won't eat.

I ride almost 4-5 days a week for anywhere between 1-3 hours and go to brush/groundwork/lunge the other days, maybe skipping one day a week.

I wake up at 5.15 for work, go stand/pace at work for 6-12 hours, go to the barn, and come home for a shower and bed around 10-11.

I just don't really know what kind of schedule I can make for myself or anything..I mean, what's cheap and healthy at the grocery store? I am going to start buying my own food since no one wants to leave me anything or buy it for me (I can't blame anyone for not wanting to buy my food, but they could atleast leave me something when they make dinner).

Soo..what's cheap and healthy that I can buy at the grocery store?
What else can I add to my schedule that won't kill me, exercise-wise?
Anything else I can do?

I want some sort of schedule and food type that I can use to work toward my goal. I'm just tired of not being able to wear tight t-shirts, or tuck in my shirts without feeling awkward. For the most part I'm very confident and love myself..but I'd like to lose the 45-50# and get to my ideal weight.

At 5'7", I'm apparently obese. Which, isn't quite true since my calves have no fat at all, my thighs are majority muscle, my arms are majority muscle, etc..I have thick wrists are 3" across the top, so I doubt I'd ever get past 160# without looking like a starving person..which I'm fine with, I just want to get rid of the fat! LOL

Soo..anyone have any advice/motivation?
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    02-24-2014, 11:43 PM
None really, except to say that it doesn't get any easier. So, you either do it now while it's hard, or do it later when it's HARD!
    02-25-2014, 12:11 AM
Green Broke
Weight watchers really helped me. I lost 20 pounds in 3 months WITHOUT exercise, just diet change. By no exercise I mean nothing outside of my normal routine. I still rode, walked at work, and what not.

I'd suggest you do to the store and buy everything for the week and pre pack your lunches. You want to me good stuff your only options! I added a lot of salad with my meals, fruit and veggies for snacks, progresso soup with frozen veggies added for substance, sandwiches on weight watchers bread. If there was a healthier option I took it (fat free, low carb, ECT). Also I'm sure your on a budget like me. I buy whatever's on sale or I look for it in a cheaper grocery store. Sometimes it means two stops, but I save 10-20 dollars on veggies.

Once I got into a routine I ate conservatively during the day I had whatever I wanted, within reason, for dinner. I was also sure to make sure not to deprive myself. I'm an ice cream addict and I love Oreos and sweet. I ate them speratically and made sure I saved my calories so I could eat things like that.
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    02-25-2014, 12:17 AM
Green Broke
Soo, would ham sandwiches on a wheat or low carb bread with a slice of cheese be good for lunches?
Or something like:
Banana and/or special K cereal with fat free milk
Ham sandwich on low carb bread with one slice of cheese and some miracle whip
Yogurt or some pretzals or..?
Whatever I can Possibly ramen noodles or Cambells chicken noodle soup?

I could possibly add a half hour of stationary bike in everyday..
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    02-25-2014, 12:37 AM
Green Broke

Just make sure you measure and be honest with yourself. Don't eat a whole cup of something and count it as a half.

My typical day is a Greek yogurt (whichever was on sale as the store, though they aren't created equal!) for breakfast. Then I'd have a fruit or veggie snack. Lunch is light progresso soup with frozen veggies in it ( or sandwich, but soup is more filling and convenient) and maybe a salad on the side. Then another fruit. That's a grand total of like 600 calories. That leaves me another 600-1000 to enjoy dinner.

I must admit, the the first two weeks was rough!! I frequently felt like eating something even though I wasn't hungry. It's was difficult to over come my "grazing" habit. But by the end of the first 3 weeks it was smooth sailing. I could turn down food and it was A LOT easier to make better choices.

Also, do you have a support system? Someone who wants to diet with you? Someone to bounce ideas off of? There is a thread in the plus size riders section called skinny up! My fitness pal is also an excellent app for tracking calories, exercise and weight. Best of all it's free!!
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    02-25-2014, 12:43 AM
Green Broke
I have no one as a support system..which is why it's even harder for me. I have MFP, but it's hard to remember since I'm not allowed to have my phone at work to record it then and there..ya know? Not to mention, I don't have a way to warm anything up for lunch seeing as I'm standing on the side of the

Would an orange be a good fruit choice?
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    02-25-2014, 08:23 AM
Green Broke
Yeah, just don't over do it because they do have a lot of sugar. Than again I guess it would be better then eating a sleeve of Oreos . Look on my fitness pal or google which fruits are better for you and just make sure you switch them around.

For my fitness pal you could log your breakfast and lunch as your packing it up. Another good app is fooducate. You scan the bar code, it gives you a rating and some info, then it will recommend healthier alternative to that product.
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    02-25-2014, 08:59 AM
Originally Posted by Iseul    
Soo, would ham sandwiches on a wheat or low carb bread with a slice of cheese be good for lunches?
Or something like:
Banana and/or special K cereal with fat free milk
Ham sandwich on low carb bread with one slice of cheese and some miracle whip
Yogurt or some pretzals or..?
Whatever I can Possibly ramen noodles or Cambells chicken noodle soup?

I could possibly add a half hour of stationary bike in everyday..
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I would suggest instead of ham get turkey breast (if you like turkey) lower in sodium. Add fruits and veggies. Like a salad with a little feta cheese. Carrot sticks for a snack. I would try and stay away from the ramen noodles and canned soups they have a lot of sodium. The sodium can cause you to retain water.

How about a couple of protein shakes made with almond milk?

Slidestop is right measure everything it makes a huge difference.
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    02-25-2014, 09:46 AM
Exercise is for fitness. You don't need to exercise to lose weight. You just need to consume less calories than you burn and you should lose weight. I say should because some people have medical issues that make that not work. If you were one of those people you would probably already know.

It helps if you make a plan and not just make random choices and hope it works out. Figure out your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) by going here: TDEE Calculator

Take 20% off that number and that's how many calories you should eat in a day. The macros are your eating guidelines so try to keep those in mind. Weigh your solid food and measure your liquid food. Lot everything, even if it's just one m&m.

Don't worry about sugar in fruit. If you have a reason to worry about sugar worry about the added sugar in processed items.
Be mindful of sodium because it makes you crave more and makes you retain water.
Drink enough water every day.

Your meals can't just be whatever you dig up. You're going to have to take responsibility for your eating and not look at other people to cook for you or provide you with healthy choices. They're not going to. It's not their job.

Fad diets work in the short term but you will mow toilet gain it all back plus extra in the long term. They don't teach you how to eat or how to make good habits. The restriction is not sustainable for many people long term.

Support systems are nice but this is YOUR journey. Other people aren't taking it with you or for you. You have to be your own cheerleader and advocate. You can't rely on other people to think this is as important to them as it is you. It won't be. You either want to make the changes or you don't. You can't expect someone to force you and drag you along.

Good luck! It sucks but we've all been there. A lot of us are on MFP if you decide to come around.
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    02-25-2014, 11:23 AM
First off, rule out any medical issues (low thyroid?) that may be contributing to your weight and general health.

Then, cut out your breads, sugars, soda pop and eating at ANY fast food restaurant. Or any restaurant for that matter. You have no idea what is going into your food.

Buy real food. Not prepared food. Not junk food. Buy fresh fruits and veggies, and prepare your OWN food.

Drink more water. If you try this for a month, you will see a big difference in your weight and your energy levels.
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