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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 bones..my 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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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!
 

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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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Soo, would ham sandwiches on a wheat or low carb bread with a slice of cheese be good for lunches?
Or something like:
Breakfast:
Banana and/or special K cereal with fat free milk
Lunch:
Ham sandwich on low carb bread with one slice of cheese and some miracle whip
Snack:
Yogurt or some pretzals or..?
Dinner:
Whatever I can find..lol. Possibly ramen noodles or Cambells chicken noodle soup?

I could possibly add a half hour of stationary bike in everyday..
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Yes!

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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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 road..lol.

Would an orange be a good fruit choice?
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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 :wink:. 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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Soo, would ham sandwiches on a wheat or low carb bread with a slice of cheese be good for lunches?
Or something like:
Breakfast:
Banana and/or special K cereal with fat free milk
Lunch:
Ham sandwich on low carb bread with one slice of cheese and some miracle whip
Snack:
Yogurt or some pretzals or..?
Dinner:
Whatever I can find..lol. 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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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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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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So I need to eat around 1800 calories a day..would it be bad to drop that to 1600?

I know that it's no one elses responsibility to make me meals or buy me healthy food. It just irks me that my mother will do it for my brother and not me. But whatever.

I know it's my journey, and I accept that. It's just nice to have someone cheering you on. No one does that for me, in anything. I mean..my mums still irritated I wasn't a cheerleader and didn't go to college to be an attorney and I chose a male dominated field instead.

I don't like turkey at all, so no turkey sandwiches for me..lol. I'm going to try and get some containers to put a salad in and such too.

I believe my name is Iseul23 on MFP..I think I'm going to wait until March first to start though, just so I can get all my stuff together.
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1600 is good to start. It takes time to see results and you may have to play with it so don't give up.

Try not to cut any foods out unless you have to. Big dietary cuts cause people to fall off the wagon. If you like chocolate or whatever, restrict how much you eat and make room for it in your intake.

Calories in < calories out = weight loss

Since you're eating a lot of fast food you were probably just taking in too many calories. Those meals can easily hit 1000 calories.
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So I need to eat around 1800 calories a day..would it be bad to drop that to 1600?

I know that it's no one elses responsibility to make me meals or buy me healthy food. It just irks me that my mother will do it for my brother and not me. But whatever.

I know it's my journey, and I accept that. It's just nice to have someone cheering you on. No one does that for me, in anything. I mean..my mums still irritated I wasn't a cheerleader and didn't go to college to be an attorney and I chose a male dominated field instead.

I don't like turkey at all, so no turkey sandwiches for me..lol. I'm going to try and get some containers to put a salad in and such too.

I believe my name is Iseul23 on MFP..I think I'm going to wait until March first to start though, just so I can get all my stuff together.
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Do you like chicken?
 

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EXERCISE! It's the best. Not only does it help you tone/lose weight, but it makes you feel good.
Is a gym membership an option? I have a membership at 24 Hour. I love it. Like you, I have a very busy schedule (at least, when I'm not broken xD) I am a full time student, a full time server, I train and ride my horse 4 days a week, plus I have a full social life. That's why a place that's open 24 hour is best for me: I can go when I get off of work at 10 or 11, or I can wake up at 4 or 5 before school and go. It's a great way to start or finish your day, or anything in between.

Aside from that, I saw you mentioned ramen... Try to stay away from that. It's very high in sodium.

Substitute as many drinks as you can handle with water. That alone and you'll start to see a difference.

Good luck! 8D
 

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i eat a couple stuffed broccoli chicken muffin things for breakfast @ 230 calories each. I get a cob salad from our office canteen for luncheon, then i eat fruit for dinner. it helped me lose 40lb last fall, and i haven't put any on over this dreary cold winter.

so find a rountine you can stick with, food you like, and watch the calorie count. it really helps knowing what your intake is.
 

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Lady, I do like chicken.

So I'll have to keep my mtn dews or brisk teas..I can't drink just water anymore..I use to only have water to drink, and use to drink 8 bottles a day, but it's a chore to drink it now if there's another option, haha. I do still drink water, just not solely water anymore. I drink a lot of coffee too..is coffee bad?

Zexious, I'm debating on a gym membership at our 24/7 one..But I honestly don't have the energy by the time I get home..and I'd rather not go workout at 2.30 in the morning, LOL. I just don't have enough time in the day to do everything I want to.

So say I eat the 1600 calories..is it good or bad if I end up working off 1700 or more? Or is that near impossible? XD

I think last time I uses MFP I was using 1200 calories a day as my goal, and I was burning about 800 with exercise, plus whatever I burn off just doing daily things. Granted, I didn't see any results since I only kept with it for a week, haha.

This time I'm going to do it though..I want to be able to wear my tight shirts and tuck my school shirt in and not worry about chub showing, hahah.
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I wish you luck.....especially w/still drinking the sodas & bottled tea. In addition to sugar there could be some hidden sodium, too. Making too drastic a cut in calories may lead to feeling deprived, so the diet goes out the window at that point. If you read the nutrition information on a cheese slice-you may find it is 85% -to 98% fat, plus you are adding Miracle Whip-check out the fat, & sugar on that. Then look at mustard-might be a better exchange. Good things to add to your sandwich-tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, onion-nice fresh veggies-add moistness & crunch & flavor. Instead of Mc D's-do you have a subway? A 6" sandwich, w/coffee, no chips, or cookies isn't too awful. Keep in mind if you do get down to 175, you will still be about 40# over the charted weight for your height. But you'll definetly be feeling much better joint-wise,& will be more likely to enjoy tucking in your shirts! Good luck to you-the battle of the bulge is never-ending-I've just lost 5 pounds & have 20 more to go-it's really hard when you're in your 60's!
 

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If you're going with MFP you need to eat back most of your calories from working out. If you don't you will starve your body. Eat back 80% of your workout calories and see how that goes. You don't want to drop too low in calories and stunt your progress. It's why you gave up last time - it's not sustainable.

Don't try to race to lose weight. The pounds don't come off as easily as they go on and you will discourage yourself. Think of it more like upgrading your lifestyle and the weight loss is a perk.

If you have to drink soda or canned tea, drink diet or count the calories. A can of soda looks a lot less appealing when you notice it's 150 cals per can :) just cutting the drinks to low call or zero cal drinks can cause you to lose a few pounds.
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Cacow, I know I'm still over my charted weight. If I lost down to my charted weight I'd be skin and bones. That's what I was trying to say with my bone size..I'm not average in the bone department, I have thicker bones and I have quite a bit of muscle weight as well. 175# should give me a relatively flat stomach and thinner thighs.

I also don't eat mustard..just looking at it makes me sick..bleh.I'm not too fond on the sodas, but I like my bottle of brisk tea (which is 140cal per liter with 75mg of sodium and 11g of sugar). Aside from the tea (I switched to it instead of mtn dew) I usually only drink coffee and water. I have a sweet tea from mcdonalds every couple of weeks, so I'm going to cut out all mcdonalds. Maybe I'll try subway..they have some $2 deal going on for the next two months or so I think according to my brother.
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I watched my husband pack on the pounds for 10 years of our marriage, he would lose weight, then gain it back, and he suffered from horrible headaches. Then on accident he discovered he is sensitive to gluten. When he stopped eating bread, pasta, cereal and all things made with wheat he lost over 60lbs; he went from a size 38 to a 32 in less then a year and now the 32 is almost to big. He did not exercise and the pounds just melted away by changing his diet. I am not saying you may have a sensitivity to gluten I am only pointing out that the permanent diet change caused my husband to lose weight. Anyway I prepare all our meals from scratch my husband only eats vegetables, fruits and proteins. He takes his lunch to work usually leftovers, if we don't have any leftovers he will take vegetables and lunch meat.

Soup is easy to make on the weekend or whenever you have time and then use it for lunch through the week. Beans and rice, brown rice is healthier is a good meal you can add some cheese, lettuce and sour cream to make it more interesting. I also make a lot of stir fry type meals, heavy on the veggies and a little meat goes a long way in a stir fry again over brown rice. Casseroles are easy to make and save well.

For snacks look to carrots, celery, apples, air popped popcorn they transport easily and you have to chew them a lot so you feel like your eating more. Add some protein to your snacks cheese, peanut butter, hummus within serving size are all good choices. Stay away from gateway foods like chips, pretzels, cookies the things that are hard to eat just one of. As for fat free and low fat dairy we do not eat low fat anything in our house the lower the fat the more processed it is. Your body needs some fat to function properly, we just eat in moderation and stay away from hydrogenated fats, and mono and di-glycerides. Drink lots of water. Once you get used to making your own meals you will find the processed food you once liked no longer tastes good, and is incredibly artificial tasting and salty. Good luck.
 
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