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        06-20-2011, 02:33 PM
      #81
    Green Broke
    Haha, if I didn't eat a Big Mac, I wouldn't want McDonalds. I shouldn't say I'm addicted to McDonalds, I should say I'm addicted to Big Macs and their french fries. The fries are what kill you - if you could eat JUST the burger and a glass of water, that is a reasonable meal with a certain amount of nutritional value. Adding the large ice tea and large fries are what turn it into a meal that equals over half your days require calories intake.

    I will have to conquer my McDonalds issue at some point, but I rather enjoyed reaching a point where I wasn't craving it anymore, and I feel myself slowly returning to that state. I have no issues with other fast food, I can eat at A&W or Burger King and actually order a salad, or a healthier option or eat it once and not think about/crave it for weeks. Granted, I "want" it due to convenience, but I never crave it like I do McDonalds - if someone offered me an A&W burger or a home cooked steak, I would choose the steak. However, between a Big Mac and a steak, I'd actually have to think about it and probably WANT to choose the Big Mac (which I actually did in Vegas at 14 with my sister, my parents were going to take us to a high class restaurant and we actually chose to stay in the hotel room because the hotel lobby had it's own McDonalds). How sad is that?!

    I can see certain things changing, and I am enjoying it. I don't have to struggle to avoid fast food anymore, it's become enough of a taboo both from a health point of view and financial point of view, that I don't think of it as an option - I'll be driving home at 9pm and think "man it would be easier to grab a burger" and imnmediately think about what's in my food pantry at home to cook. Before, I'd have to mentally BATTLE myself about why a burger was a bad choice, and end up caving anyway and buying one. Now it's like a fleeting thought before I just think about what I'll make when I get home which is AWESOME. And on the rare occasion I do eat out now, it's more enjoyable because I consider it and go "yes, I DO feel like a burger right now, I'm going to have one with salad!" instead of it being a war in my head.

    I have a long ways to go, but it's refreshing to have these little habits changing and not weighing on me so heavily anymore.
         
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        06-21-2011, 12:16 AM
      #82
    Yearling
    You are SO on the right track! I don't have any easy solution; I'm the same way about potato chips. Just one and I'm useless. So, I know that it's easier just not to take the first one. But it is so tempting! Hang in there! If you're making the right choice for you more times than not, you're winning.
         
        06-21-2011, 03:59 AM
      #83
    Started
    Ahh we all have weaknesses right :) mine is chocolate and biscuits.
    And the cravings are always worse during my period.

    I find if I feel like something "naughty" (today it was a drinking chocolate) I just go and eat/drink something that's in it, and bam, craving gone. Like with the drinking chocolate, I went into the fridge and drank milk instead.
         
        06-21-2011, 09:37 AM
      #84
    Trained
    I always loose weight when I stop eating out, even if I try to eat healthy food out. My problem is im super lazy about cooking haha !

    Sounds like you are doing well ! And when you cut out something like mcdonalds it just gets easier and easier the longer you don't eat it. You will get to the point where you don't even crave it or think about it at all ! I have the same issue with doritoes....yuumm I just can't stop eating them ! I could eat a whole family size bag if I didnt cut myself off !
         
        06-26-2011, 09:17 PM
      #85
    Weanling
    MM, it sounds like you are doing wonderful with your new lifestyle! I'm not going to say the D word, it should be illegal! The only suggestion that I have is if you are craving a burger, get some ground turkey, and make your burgers out of that. My husband and I live with an older friend, who is allergic to beef, so we have had to alter our eating habits quite a bit, and our weekly burgers have turned to turkey burgers. They are delicious! We cut up the lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and I've replaced Miracle Whip with Spicy Mustard, and that's hard for me because I LOVE MW. I still use MW, but I always replace some of it with mustard, especially the Spicy Mustard! Now I find that I almost prefer the mustard to the MW.

    My biggest piece of advice for you, would be the following. In your emotional journals that you keep, at the end of every entry, list 4 or 5 things that you done that day that you are proud of. And try to do it daily. Even if they are small things, like I exercised for 45 minutes today, or I finished a really tough project at work. Something positive! This will help change your outlook on life, which from reading through this, you are already starting to do, but this will help you along. It gives you a reason to look at the positive things that you have done that day!

    You are a wonderful person, and have gotten so much awesome advice! Always remember that you are loved, by everyone that knows you, and we look forward to seeing you happy and healthy! I may be thousands of miles away from ya, but if you ever need anything, just let me know, and I'll do my best to help you. Even if it's just someone to talk to. Look me up on facebook, Lisa R. Jackson-Rutherford | Facebook and we can chat or PM. I'll even call ya if need be. Love ya girlie!
         
        07-01-2011, 02:26 PM
      #86
    Weanling
    Here's a few tips I thought of as I read through this thread. Sorry if they're in a weird order!

    -You mentioned how you're too tired after work to cook. You've made huge improvements since you posted that, so you may not need this anymore, but I had an idea- What if you tried cooking in a crockpot/slow cooker? Put the food in the thing in the morning, so when you come home it's all cooked and ready to go! You'll have a healthy meal already waiting for you, so no McDonalds on the way home allowed!

    -Focus on the good stuff you CAN eat, not the stuff you can't

    -Eating a bigger breakfast will start you out right, and you'll be less likely to want to cheat later. Maybe you can add a piece of fruit with your cereal.

    -Sometimes when I start eating, I subconsciously think "This is so good, I'll definitely be going for seconds". By the time I'm done with my first helping I'm full, but because I had mentally already planned on seconds, I do it anyway. Try not to accidently make a plan when you eat.

    -If you do go for seconds, try to make your seconds only be the healthy stuff.

    -Try different activities that are fun, but active. Spend a day playing at the pool, or go try a game of tennis. Switching it up will make it not feel like exercise!

    -If you eat more/worse, don't beat yourself up- just exercise a bit more.

    You're doing great! I feel like you probably don't even need this advice by now! And I completely understand the depression thing! That makes dieting (and everything) super hard. I don't have time to post more, but maybe I'll touch on that later!
         
        07-01-2011, 02:55 PM
      #87
    Foal
    It sounds like you are hypo thyroid. Your body needs iron, iodine, magnesium, and selenium as the top vitamins to lose weight and feel better. Read up on the condition and any health food store will carry most of these vitamins.
         
        07-01-2011, 10:32 PM
      #88
    Showing
    I use my crockpot to make a big pot of chili, stew, chicken stew, split pea soup, etc. I'll enjoy a fresh cooked serving that night and freeze portions for other meals. I like to keep three different choices. Those are for when I just don't feel like cooking.
         
        07-02-2011, 02:31 AM
      #89
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    Haha, if I didn't eat a Big Mac, I wouldn't want McDonalds. I shouldn't say I'm addicted to McDonalds, I should say I'm addicted to Big Macs and their french fries. The fries are what kill you - if you could eat JUST the burger and a glass of water, that is a reasonable meal with a certain amount of nutritional value. Adding the large ice tea and large fries are what turn it into a meal that equals over half your days require calories intake.

    I will have to conquer my McDonalds issue at some point, but I rather enjoyed reaching a point where I wasn't craving it anymore, and I feel myself slowly returning to that state. I have no issues with other fast food, I can eat at A&W or Burger King and actually order a salad, or a healthier option or eat it once and not think about/crave it for weeks. Granted, I "want" it due to convenience, but I never crave it like I do McDonalds - if someone offered me an A&W burger or a home cooked steak, I would choose the steak. However, between a Big Mac and a steak, I'd actually have to think about it and probably WANT to choose the Big Mac (which I actually did in Vegas at 14 with my sister, my parents were going to take us to a high class restaurant and we actually chose to stay in the hotel room because the hotel lobby had it's own McDonalds). How sad is that?!

    I can see certain things changing, and I am enjoying it. I don't have to struggle to avoid fast food anymore, it's become enough of a taboo both from a health point of view and financial point of view, that I don't think of it as an option - I'll be driving home at 9pm and think "man it would be easier to grab a burger" and imnmediately think about what's in my food pantry at home to cook. Before, I'd have to mentally BATTLE myself about why a burger was a bad choice, and end up caving anyway and buying one. Now it's like a fleeting thought before I just think about what I'll make when I get home which is AWESOME. And on the rare occasion I do eat out now, it's more enjoyable because I consider it and go "yes, I DO feel like a burger right now, I'm going to have one with salad!" instead of it being a war in my head.

    I have a long ways to go, but it's refreshing to have these little habits changing and not weighing on me so heavily anymore.
    Those evil burgers & fries are heart stoppers. Literally. All designed to corrode your arteries & stop your heart. I have eaten about 5 fast food burgers in my life, I don't like them & don't crave them. And this can be this way for you. The saturated fats in those foods turn off the fullness center in your brain, telling your body that your are still hungry and you want more. When you eat foods like whole grains, proteins (lean chicken, fish etc), that turns on the fullness center and you've had enough, no more food. That is because your muscles & vital organs have been been fed with the proper nutrients. With that junk food, your poor muscles & organs got diddly squat & your fat cells are greedy and will always take more if your giving it to them. I could go on & on about this subject but people get mad & tell me to shut up. Anyways, I am a firm believe in being fit, sleek & energetic & other than in my late 20's & early 30's for kickboxing, I have never been in a gym. I am 50 yrs old and can wear a bikini & look **** hot and I think most anyone can if they put the time in. I do 45 mins of cardio & boxing 5 times a week at home in the winter when I don't ride the horses because of too much snow. When I am riding regularly, I just do the boxing & kicking for about 1/2 maybe once or twice a week. I got girl guns & abs, & you can too.
         
        07-09-2011, 09:03 PM
      #90
    Foal
    I skimmed through the first few pages and I'll just say this--although I have not had quite the journey you've had, I have been battling losing weight as well. I like flavor, and umm...eating right is hard! Basically how I started was I put a goal in my mind. I am lucky enough to be extremely driven.....as in 'no' is never an acceptable answer and I will work for what I want, and get it. I decided that I wanted to lose weight and gain muscle for my horse. If I expect him to be in shape well I need to be in shape too!

    I also decided to do Crossfit, but I'm doing it 5 times a week with weekends off. Honestly its all in the individual affiliate; I am lucky enough to have an awesome group of competitive people who push me, and a great personal trainer who knows when I'm BS-ing something and when I'm not. But if you don't have the money for that, you can still work perfectly well with a YMCA membership if you are really dedicated to making this happen. I know there is a lot of bad mojo surrounding women and weight lifting (I don't know why) but I personally like being strong and if you want to reduce fat, building muscle is really an invaluable part of doing that. Cardio burns calories and fat as long as you are doing it--muscle fibers burn calories through out the day. I do 30 minutes of weight lifting, and then a daily WOD (takes up the additional 30 minutes) and I am home in time for dinner. I go after work, and the affiliate I go to is directly on my route home, so there is zero excuse to go except my laziness. My weight loss has been slow--I saw a 10 pound loss when I cut out soda, then a few inches but no weight, and now I've lost ten more pounds and about another inch a few weeks ago--I haven't weighed or measured myself since then but I know that I need to, for my goals' sake.

    I also agree that you need to do a whole food purge and throw out the bad crap, and then only replace it with good stuff. Go to the store someone else if you need to have a referee, but make it happen. I know my personal weakness about eating good food was partially that I had to actually cook the good food and I didn't have to do any kind of work for the bad stuff. But I got over it, and now I cook for a couple days at a time.

    As far as eating, I really really suggest trying low carb. Try and cut out most breads and potatoes (aka starchy carbs), only eating small portions once or twice a week to curb cravings and subsequent binges. Lots of eggs, tuna, chicken, spinach, asparagus....stuff high in fiber and protien. Fiber will make you feel full a whole lot sooner, and without all of the additives and all of that other stuff, you won't be so chemically driven to continue eating (junk food is engineered to taste good so you want to eat more!). I really think you should go spend some time with your sister, haha and immerse yourself in Paleo for a little bit; even if you don't end up committing to that lifestyle, you will more than likely come out with a whole new view on processed foods and how to shop at the grocery store.

    I also suggest you set goals for yourself, both long and short term. This has been the biggest driving factor in keeping me 'on the wagon' so to speak;these past few weeks I have been house sitting far away from my affiliate, but I am running half a mile and also making up my own WODs, which would have been unheard of for me at the beginning of the year. Right now I am aiming to lose 10% body fat, hopefully by August 11th (when I will be going on vacation for four days and I want to be beach ready) but I also am aiming to get triple digits in all of my lifts (squat, deadlift, and shoulder press). In the long term, I want to be able to compete in the Crossfit Open next year.

    Bottom line here is, and if I sound harsh I'm sorry this is just how I personally think about it, you have to want it bad enough. Very much like an addict, you have to hit rock bottom before you can really change yourself, whatever rock bottom for you may be. For me it was 165 pounds and size 16.
         

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