First, log on to a food tracker either here or one of the numerous other sites, e.g., fitday.com, sparkpeople, etc. Then plan your meals every day. Lean proteins, whole grains, veggies, fruit should be the major foods that you consume. Track everything including drinks. Before maintenance, here is a typical day for me: 1 C. old fashioned oatmeal with blueberries and a few walnuts, green leafy salad with 2 tblsp. of dressing and other veggies, broiled chicken breast, broccoli, and fruit or yogurt for snack. Hope this helps.View Thread
This is a good one! Many times during my journey, I relied on NSV's to keep me going when the scale just wouldn't budge. It is important to make note (even if it is just a passing thought) of how you are changing your life and health for the better with every healthy choice.
I realized last night after a weekend of food indulgences with family visiting from AL that I missed my veggies! This is a huge NSV for me. Two years ago, if you had told me that I would actually be craving broccoli, I would have laughed!View Thread
Well, Brunosbud, Abner suffers from separation anxiety according to my vet. He used to take Prozac, but he is off of that now. So, no, I don't get privacy. He sits outside the shower and whines while I'm in there. He is an 8 year old Poodle and although he is as smart as they come, he can be a royal pain in many ways. Great company though!
I love Corgis! They have great personalities. Give Bruno a belly rub for me.View Thread
Thanks for posting this Kim. You know already that I don't believe I would have done it without the ladies on our board.
Thanks, Brunosbud! The only drawback for Lil Abner is that he can't keep up on our walks anymore (little dog and he's 8 years old now) I take him for about a mile of my walk and then put him back in the house to finish at a faster pace. He's one pampered pouch so don't feel sorry for him. Oh, and he loves green beans and apples. LOL!
Hi Matty, I'm only a few months and 1 year into my journey and about 7 lbs. from my goal weight so I'm certainly not an expert, but I think what you say about "hardcore diligence" along with vigilance about food choices and exercise is what it is going to take for us all. Judy and I have had this conversation before and she knows that being able to maintain my healthy weight scares me more than anything on this journey. Like so many others, I have lost lots of weight before only to regain it. Thanks to Judy and many others in the 50-100 lb. support group, I feel that I actually have a PLAN for maintenance this time and the support to keep me accountable. One last thing - I am going to weigh myself daily for the rest of my life. I know there are people who don't recommend it, but it keeps me focused and aware.View Thread
1. Walk at a good pace 3 miles both Sat. and Sun. 2. No food indulgences - stick with healthy foods and keeping calorie intake to 1200 cals. 3. Spend time with friends and family 4. Relax and watch some football 5. Get chores done to prepare for the work week ahead - stress reliever for me if I plan aheadView Thread
Kim, you crack me up. Those clothes fit your personality to a tee!! Love it! No fancy clothes for me when I walk and do weights - t-shirt and loose-fitting knit shorts, but I do break out the running tights in the winter. I HATE working out indoors. Love, love, love our beautiful local greenway!View Thread
Thanks, Brunosbud. Yes, it's been a challenge. Started this healthy lifestyle in June 2011 and it's still challenging everyday to avoid trigger foods and exercise. However, i am committed to this journey for the rest of my life. The 50-100 lb. support group has made a huge difference in my life. Those ladies are the best!!View Thread
Hi Haylen, Better late than never - yes, I was in denial about my weight. I thought if I never admitted how much I weighed then no one would know. I have to say what I was most in denial about was my "healthy" eating. I actually used to say that I ate healthy just too much! Now, I realize what a ridiculous statement that was.