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    05-23-2011, 10:49 PM
This is very ironic because I am reading your post and there are constantly advertisements for weight loss popping up on the website. Exercises for toning, gastric bypasses and what not. :/

We can be your motivators! Not as good as someone actually being there, but we can try to help! Make a journal on here. Whenever you want to eat, write on your thread. We will try to answer as often as we can to support you and convince you that the bag of chips you want so desperately to open isn't worth your while. ;)
You can also post your updates. It's an idea. :)
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    05-23-2011, 10:56 PM
:( I hate how struggling it can be to lose weight. I wish I lived closer...I would be a great support system. I have a few older friends who are 55 and 72 and they come to the gym with me and I always tell them do what you can, don't push yourself. When they do a great job, I say hey awesome, way to go! :) about Wii Fit? That's what I started with. If you don't have a Wii...they go for like 140.00 bucks at Walmart...and the game is around 70 dollars with the pad at Walmart...I found my game so much cheaper on Ebay...I can monitor my weight on the game and I can exercise at home, they have little games and stuff. It's just a suggestion.
    05-23-2011, 11:04 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Hidalgo13    
Also, when eating vegetables, if you eat them with yummy, spicy dips, or put lots of butter and salt on your cooked vegetables, they aren't so boring. Too much butter isn't good for you either, but I think you need to start it out slow. Slowly but surely.
Loading up food with butter is actually not helpful. Butter is a fat. You contradict yourself even within the first two sentances.

Spices however ARE a good idea, although salt should be moderated.

Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Hence why I don't eat on weekends, it's ridiculous - I have a TERRIBLE habit of going to the barn after drinking a cup of coffee and not eating until nighttime. But when I'm having fun, I am so involved with horses, I don't have time for food.
You realize that your body goes into starvation mode when you don't eat, right? So then when you actually do eat, it stores the fat. You have to MAKE time for food, otherwise your body wins the battle.

People, like horses, are grazers, but for whatever reason, we eat 3 meals a day, and normally more then we should. Why do you think people who are really fit normally eat 5 or 6 times a day, and really small portions?

Luckily you already do not like pop, as that is chock full of sugar. You would be surprised how much sugar is in ketchup as well...

Find fruits and veggies you like, and eat them. Try peanut butter with apples, or even honey. Kraft Canada has lots of really simple, easy to make recipes that are good for you.

I adore bad food as well, but don't like feeling fat. But then I eat bad food because I am like, well it isn't going to hurt now! You can eat bad food, you just have to eat it in moderation.
    05-23-2011, 11:11 PM
Loading up food with butter is actually not helpful. Butter is a fat. You contradict yourself even within the first two sentances.

Butter is fat but it has calcium and is healthy (okay in moderate portions). It's healthier for women then margarine. Not saying to put 5 tbs in one small portion. Sorry I shouldn't have said lot's of butter. More like, put some butter. :/
    05-23-2011, 11:14 PM
Green Broke
The package of butter in my fridge says 0% calcium...
    05-23-2011, 11:18 PM
Green Broke
Thanks guys. I think I need to make a SERIOUS effort that anytime I don't go to the barn during the week, I HAVE to ride my bike for half an hour with the dog. Just make sure I MAKE myself get some form of exercise every single day. I enjoy exercising, it always makes me feel good, I just can't seem to convince myself of that when I'm SO tired.

I know exactly how bad it is for me not to eat on weekends. I have started making sandwiches to take with me. My sister and her husband are very big on the Paleo idea of eating, that fat is good for you and grains/sugar are the problem. They keep only fresh cheese in the house, butter, etc. We also keep quite a bit of fresh grass fed bison meat in the house.

Thanks for the support. I know I have to deal with my emotions first and foremost which seems to be my biggest issue. I can get gung ho eating properly, and I get 2 weeks in and always freak out and just blow it all to hell. I'm also bad for letting one failure stop me and not getting right back on the horse so to speak.

Weight Watchers screwed me up a lot, being weighed weekly shot my nerves all to hell especially when I was in boot camp and didn't lose a pound. I had a nervous breakdown at a meeting because of it, it was horrible.

I am going to try keeping a journal.
    05-23-2011, 11:23 PM
The package of butter in my fridge says 0% calcium...
Don't know what butter you have, but per 1 oz butter, there is 1% of the calcium. Not your most ideal source considering cheese has almost 20 times more, but I never saw butter that said it had no calcium. Yes it's mostly made from fat, but it's still made from MILK.
    05-23-2011, 11:30 PM
I enjoy exercising, it always makes me feel good, I just can't seem to convince myself of that when I'm SO tired.
My mom has the same problem. She was always too tired to exercise, but she has back problems now so doing her stretches and going on the bike for exercise is the only thing that allows her to feel better.
Drinking lots of water will also help with fatigue. I don't remember why, but there was an article that explained how people are usually tired for X reasons, but the most common one (if you consider you had a decent nights sleep), is because you aren't drinking enough water. Whenever I get sleepy I drink a big glass of water and sometimes go on a short walk and feel more awake to study after. :)
    05-23-2011, 11:36 PM
Green Broke
I usually drink a pretty good amount of water, I have one cup of coffee in the morning and I have a big refillable contained I keep at my desk that I refill every morning and probably equals about 3 cups of water. We also have a Whirpool thing in the fridge, so I'm always drinking water at home.

I also have IBS, so it's all the more reason to get serious. Not only does bad food make me fat, it causes horribly embarrassing things to happen to me! Not to mention horribly PAINFUL. Plus, I have to have surgery to correct a gastro intestinal issue that causes me to have unrelenting heartburn and a risk of the surgery is making my IBS a lot worse.

I think that's what is most frustrating, I have serious health problems because of the way I eat and it's still not enough to smarten me up.

I'm having some rice and peas for dinner, with water.
    05-23-2011, 11:39 PM
Green Broke
If anybody has some relatively simple and healthy recipes they like, I'd love to hear them.

I bought a Weight Watchers cookbook and it's just a deterrent because every recipe requires like 36 ingredients. I know a lot of it is spices and I can flavor to taste, but I'm not a good enough cook to know what to leave out and what to keep. I just have difficulty following them and get discouraged.

However, I am so SICK of chicken. I cannot eat another chicken breast whether it's baked, BBQ's, broiled or fried. I love chicken dishes, things with chicken IN them, I'm just sick of plain meat like pork chops and chicken breasts regardless of how they're prepared. I need more healthy casserole type dishes and new things to try. I'm also very monotonous and stick to the things I know and rarely try new things.

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