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post #1 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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What has worked for you and your weight loss?

Hi everyone! So I've really been working hard to get into shape. I let myself go pretty bad after having my daughter. I used asthma as an excuse for a long time, and it just can't hold me back anymore. It isn't crippling. I have actually come to have it in control and use my inhaler SO much less.

So. I am confident that I'm doing better in being active, but I'm still not shedding the weight like I'd really like to. So I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions as to what they did to help them lose the weight?

I am at the barn a lot. I ride quite often during the week. Did anyone incorporate their barn activities into an exercise routine?

What foods or schedules helped you?

Any and all advice welcomed!!

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post #2 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 05:50 PM
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Ive completely cut out all sugary drinks from my diet. And its already made such a difference!

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post #3 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 05:59 PM
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I lost 2stone on the slimming world diet in under a year and with no extra exercise required.

I do have a friend in our slimmin goup who lost 8 stone in just under a year! regularly loosing a minimum of 4lb a week, often 6 or 7lbs.

in our group there is even a lady who is confined to a wheelchair (paralysed from the waist down) and she is loosing a steady 2lb a week.

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post #4 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 06:27 PM
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Download "myfitnesspal" at myfitnesspal.com. It works on your smartphone. tell it how much you wanna lose per week, input weight and height and it calculates your daily calorie intake. gives you more calories if you do excercise. It does not tell you what to eat and how much to eat. it has a built in data base with tons of common foods and fast foods!. simply select what you ate and it will tell you how many calories you have left for the day.

It hate being told what to eat and what not to eat. this works awesome! If you like pepsi, you find creative ways to sneak pepsi in and still come under calories and still lose weight. You also start to read labels. an app called "fooducate" is a good one too. at the market, scan the item you wanna buy. It gives you an A - F rating and can tell you better alteratives!
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post #5 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 07:00 PM
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I would suggest running. Also, I quit drinking soda/ etc., and I watch my portions- multiple snacks (fruits, nuts, light healthy stuff) throughout the day. Plus, muscle can only help- I would suggest doing light 15-30 minute exercises with a five pound weight, or something- you said you wanted to lose weight, not gain muscle, so light weights would probably be best. And if you want exercises or recipes for a light healthy snack, all you have to do is do a search on google. It's great, lol.
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post #6 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 07:06 PM
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I can't lose weight without working out, very hard. So, I walk/run 3 miles a day on my treadmill, and incorporate resistance exercises (I use a total gym, but any resistance will do it).

I got tired of recording everything I eat (weight watchers) so I restrict most whites (white bread, rice, potatoes, pasta) and load up on veges and lean protein. No soda, much water!

I try to follow a bit of advice from someone I respect in the health world. He said to try to eat what would rot. So anything processed is greatly restricted , though not eliminated(deprivation doesn't really work) and fruit and veges are the largest consumption.

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post #7 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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I think soda is my greatest adversary. I have always hated water and have to force myself to drink the recommended amount of water.

I have pretty good stamina as far as physical labor goes. I think mostly I am anxious about facing a gym with other people, so I think I'll look for a treadmill or some low impact way to start. I have quite a few back and neck problems, so low impact would help.

Also, I am making myself go swim laps every day. We have a pool that is always open at my apartment complex and I have always heard swimming is a great way to exercise. Plus I'm a great swimmer!

As far as food plans go, I tend to not get hungry until mid afternoon. I've started to try breaking up meals during the day. I'm not big on sweets and I actually prefer healthier foods like vegetables and salad.

So here are my priorities:
Find an exercise I can do daily to up physical routine.
Cut back on sodas and force myself to drink water.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals during the day and not snack after dark.

Also, has anyone heard that grilled meats are great ways to lose fat? My grandfather lost a ton of weight by switching to grilled food.
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post #8 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 07:29 PM
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I've never heard that, but it kind of makes sense- if you have to choose between grilled and breaded, breaded is supposed to be much more unhealthy.
I would suggest drinking sparkling water, flavored water, or tea, instead of soda- that's how I quit. I liked soda because of the taste and the fizz, which water obviously doesn't have- I always thought water was bland. At first I had to force myself a bit to not touch the soda, as it was pretty much an addiction, but now I don't drink it at all- in fact, I don't even like it anymore.
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post #9 of 23 Old 06-05-2012, 07:32 PM
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If your gonna sub tea for soda, consider getting a keurig coffee maker.
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-06-2012, 08:57 PM
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Well first of all I just want to say that I think it's awesome you are using your riding as motivation for your fitness. People of all shapes and sizes are beautiful, but fitness can help a lot in your everyday life.

Last year, sometime before Easter, I remember being with friends and we were just sitting around eating unhealthy sweet food. Now, I still like the rewarded dessert and unhealthy snack, but it was that night I remember feeling frustrated with myself... just ready to change the lifestyle that I had grown to know. I don't think I was riding at that point, unless I'm forgetting.

Since then, I've gone through times of "YES I LOVE EXERCISE WOOO" and "are you kidding me, I love to just relax and watch netflix." Now, it's good to have relaxation days as well, but it's important to lead an active and healthy lifestyle... and to the riding lifestyle feeling this way is important because the barn life is demanding (certainly in a good way).

Recently I joined a gym with my sister. Between my trips to the barn and my trips to the gym (I don't go every day but I try to go at least a couple days a week) I feel as though I'm getting in better shape. I also realized, at that time last year, that I need to change my feelings about eating.

Eating is a weird concept. So, yeah, it's fine to treat yourself to things every now and then. And if you wait a year to have dessert, it's especially difficult because then your sweet tooth overtakes all of your feelings (so treat yourself every now and then so that doesn't happen hah). And getting crazed about what your weight is and counting calories isn't the answer, and I know it wasn't for me. But if you are passionate enough to say, "hey, i want to change for the well being of my horse and myself" ANYTHING is possible. Just be conscious of your food, do a little research now and then, maybe keep a food journal if you feel it would help but don't infatuate yourself with the amount of calories you eat... remember, carbs are a short term source of energy, starches take a little more time for the body to use. Carbs aren't the enemy, only in excess can they be harmful! And as far as working out goes, the gym is awesome for me... I have found a lot of happiness in the stationary bike and many calories burnt, as well as some of the other equipment. I don't know about you guys but my horse is my best friend and riding is such a God-given passion of mine, the whole riding thing makes me so motivated to gain muscle and shed unnecessary pounds to increase my fitness and riding experience.

Best of luck to everyone in your riding journeys (:

God bless, englishaqh (:
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