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    04-21-2012, 07:35 PM
To loose weight you have to want to. An easy step is take meal replacements. They give you sufficient vitamins and cals. For a meal. You want to eat your biggest meals at breakfast than work you way to smallest meals for dinner. Make fresh fruit and veggies and frozen veggies your best friend. You can get simple seasonings to change the taste. It takes a bit of getting used to but if you can do it! If you want to snack have carrots or another crunchy veggie. Carrots you can buy the whole ones (not baby) and cut and peel them yourself. You would be surprised in the price difference.

And yes always pack your own food!! You will save money and then eat what you want when you want it! And you don’t have to eat the junk food. Trust me people will not think that’s weird. I always pack veggies with me so I always have something to eat when I’m hungry. And if your trying to loose weight- tell your friends, they may be more supportive than you think and not put out a lot of junk food or at least have an option for you to choose from. You need a positive support system. You will get encouragement from yourself…stick to a meal plan and when you see results you will be encouraged by it.

Write down EVERYTHING you eat and drink for a week. You will see where you need to cut back and what was a "boredom snack".

As for exercises: Pilates, Yoga, ( these are often on TV so you can watch for free and go along) If you have access to a pool then that is the best way to use all your muscles and a great cardio without the strain of free weights. But if you can use some weights go for it. Surprisingly you can use things around the house. Stretching and stairs can be your best friend.
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    04-21-2012, 07:45 PM
One thiong I did to start the process was change out my suual breakfast sandwich (egg, ham and cheese) with oatmeal, 2% milk (pour milk over oatmeal) and two slices of whole wheat toast, unbuttered but with a little jam. That change alone, and not changing anything else, rejumpstarted my metabolism and I am not only down 20 pounds in about 8 weeks but my cholesterol has taken a nosedive and is down nearly 50 points. Now, I do ride about an hour a day 6 days a week but prior to that I have also done a lot of walking.

What is necessary is to not find a "diet". You need to change eating habits, not diet, or you won't get the results you want...a diet is to hard to stick to. Make small changes...drink 2% milk vice whole or even better, skim milk. Switch to wheat bread vice white. Even though the going number is 8 glasses of 8 ozs of water per day, even adding a single glass per day will help. If you drink juices or soda, substitute a glass of water instead...juices, while we may think they are healthy, are actually pretty high in sugar. It is important to lose weight gradually and alittle at a time rather than trying to drop a lot in a short amount of time..your body adjusts much better and won't feel like it has to slow the metabolism if the weight comes off gradually. The going "heathy" weight loss number is just a pound and a half a week. That equals out to cutting just 500 calories per day and working out, however you choose to do that, at just burning 250 calories per day, which is easy. Remember, muscle burns calories which is why workikng out and getting that muscle is so important.

Best of luck...I have fought with my weight my entire life and have hit all of those highs and lows.
    04-21-2012, 07:52 PM
Oh I forgot!! Water water water!! If you hate water ( Like I do) Crystal Light, to save money buy the boxes with the single packs, 2 packs will make about 2 1/2 litres of water taste good. Don't use them in single's unlesss you have to.
    04-21-2012, 08:05 PM
Crystal Light also makes the "To-Go" packs which are designed for the standard size bottled water...16ozs. You only need to add one pack. I like the iced tea :)
    04-21-2012, 08:25 PM
You are not alone! In my opinion the depression makes sensible eating and exercise seem so difficult (personal experience) But it is not impossible. Drink the water and like someone said, if you hate it (I do) use a drink Walmart has their brand crystal light and some of the flavors are really good and it's cheaper. Beans are your friend , they are cheap and have a lot of protein. Look on the internet for recipes, Google low cost healthy meals. As for exercise, try starting out walking and a little bit each day even if it's only a few steps.I have had joint and foot pain too and a Walmart genetic glucosamine condroitin has worked well for me. The best thing about the exercise is that it really helps the depression. Thank you for sharing with us :)
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    04-22-2012, 01:53 AM
Being that spring is here, is having a garden possible for you?
Its good physical activity that brings sound rewards-you get to munch on the fruits of your labor!
Water before a meal will also help with the satiated feeling- takes up space in your stomach, and aids digestion too.
Trimming down doesn't happen overnight. It takes time.
Also, keep a log book/diary about it, and chart your progress.
Celebrate every little win enormously!
You lost a pound? Party time!
You lost 5? Call Fox News!
Make it BIG!
You're cementing the positive reinforcement into your mind at the subconscious level, which brings about more of the same positive results!
    04-22-2012, 09:41 AM
Originally Posted by arrowsaway    
Kitten- I'm still fumbling my way through living on a budget, and I try to shop cheaply. I try to make more dinners at home, not eat out, etc. What do you when the people you hang out with eat junk? Just, always assume that's what will happen and pack your own food in advance? Lol...
Arrow, it takes time, I perfectly understand. When I was a poor student who should pay for apartment and food for all of us I didn't go out at all. Yeah, I was somewhat jealous, but I clearly understood I can't afford it (and I know what means living on tight budget since I was a kid, so it wasn't that hard for me). As for other people eating junk (and my friends and co-workers do it all the time) I just tell them right upfront that I can't: otherwise my stomach will kill me. People do understand and don't offer to try or ask silly questions why you don't buy chips/popcorn/etc.
    04-22-2012, 11:57 AM
So sorry to hear about your struggles. What helped me was learning to listen to my stomach when I was eating. Once I felt full, I stopped. It was hard because I was used to eating until I felt stuffed because it tasted good. Also, if you do some type of exercise 20 - 30 minutes after eating each meal for about 20 minutes, it will help kickstart your metabolism. I lost 40 lbs in a year by just adjusting my eating but still eating normal food that I fed my husband. Steer away from sweets, too many carbs (you need some carbs) and fats. Don't deprive yourself, just cut back. Eventually you won't crave it as much. I also do NOT recommend any type of diet soda. Good Luck!!!!
    04-22-2012, 12:39 PM
I've read an interesting advice couple days ago (in journal). If you are crazy about something (say, chocolate almonds), you eat handful of them, and then drink a glass of cold water. The water will make you feel full plus wash off the taste you like in mouth, and you don't want anymore at the moment. I think it should work!
    04-22-2012, 06:23 PM
Thanks again for all the words of encouragement. It means a lot.

It's time to go grocery shopping again so I'll be picking up a lot of the things you guys suggested. I really want to stick to this, but I've been weak-willed in the past, so we will see. I REALLY need to cut out soda altogether. I honestly hate it, don't even know why I drink it, probably because boyfriend does. I'm going to talk to him about him joining me in my diet, see what he says.

Sort of off topic, but in relation to wellness - I have just confirmed my appointment: I will begin riding lessons tomorrow!
For any of you who have read my struggles with my current horse, this is a big step and I am so excited. A barn up the road does private lessons for $35 an hour, which I thought was reasonable. [Is it?] Anyway, I am so pumped! This could very well go a long way in improving my confidence, also.

Baby steps...

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