You know what's really bothering me right now?? I just finished reading and article on Yahoo about ideal weight, and the user comments just set me off. The attitude of the people who are posting seems to always run towards judgemental and negative. Does anyone else notice how the general opinion seems to be that anyone who is overweight is either stupid, lazy, or apathetic (or any combination thereof)? This attitude is part of what makes it so hard to be happy with who you are. There was one person in particular who had posted that people shouldn't be taught to love their bodies as they are, but should be taught that being overweight is wrong. THIS is the attitude that has made eating disorders such a problem with our youth. One other poster put it best: "Who ever lost weight by self-loathing?" She had pointed out that a good weight loss regimen started with acceptance and respect of your body, and respect for what you put in it and how you care for it. I think this is a good thought to keep in mind as we are all on a journey for healthier lives. Just wanted to vent!View Thread
So I've now had my first setback. And I'm BUMMED. About three weeks ago, I weighed 287. On Monday 11/7, I weighed 280. I was so happy! But........
This morning, I weighed in at 283. I know exactly why, and now I just have to get back on track. Goals for the upcoming week:
Plan breakfasts and lunches!!!!!!! This is HUGE for me. I find if I don't have my meals ready, it really throws me off. And then I end up at the drive thru. And it's killing me, literally.
Stick with drinking more water.
Keep up with the walking.
Those last two have been going pretty well, but we're starting to see some crappy weather here in MN, and it derails my outside walks. BUT, I got a treadmill this week! I just need to do a little maintenance (it's used) and we'll be in business.
Thanks everyone for the support! I really appreciate having somewhere I can speak frankly about this, and know there are others going through the same.
Hi Jenn, Welcome! I am in the same boat you are, only I can't say I've ever lost 50 lbs! I am turning 28 pretty quick, and currently weigh 283. I was down to 280, but have gained a little back. And I know I've slipped up a little a lot this week, but I'll just have to get back on track. What do you think are your biggest challenges? When I started, I made a list of my biggest challenges and a list of small changes. I look at it every day to remind myself, and also to keep in mind why I'm doing this. Like Rg pointed out, small changes can have a big effect! My next step is to start a fitness journal and start logging not only foods, but my exercise and mood as well. Hope to see you on here!View Thread
Hi All, Things are going pretty good here. I have been doing very well on adding my exercise. I've been walking 2-5 miles about 3 or 4 times a week (the 5 miles is tough, and I feel like I'm 100 years old the next day, but it's getting easier). I am also getting a treadmill this weekend, since we are getting closer to winter when I won't want to walk outside. I'm pretty pumped that I've been sticking with the walking, and am planning on working up to walking 6-7 days a week.
Though I am seeing some results, I think the bigger problem I'm having is getting my eating under control. I've been looking at getting some cookbooks so I can get a better grip on portions and ingredients to keep calories down. Does anyone have any good ones they've used? I make a lot of swaps and substitutions in my cooking now, but feel like I could make more and better changes.
Thanks in advance! I love seeing everyone's stories and responses on here. Keep up the good work!! View Thread
Thanks, Deb. That website looks awesome! I did my weekly weigh in on Saturday, and I am down 5 pounds!! I know it's now much, but it makes me feel much more motivated. I can't wait until I see 270's, it's been a long time that I have been hovering in the 285-290 range. View Thread
Hi Everyone, I know this is probably kind of a tired topic on these boards....What are your motivators? What are the things that keep you going at it day after day? I guess I'm just curious and want to see what others do to stay on track when they just want to have a lazy day. It's been kind of difficult for me, as my changes haven't become habit yet, and I want to stick with it long enough to get to that point. Any ideas are welcome!
Hi, When my husband and I first started trying to eat healthier, time was my major obstacle as well. I work full time and then have to come home and cook, do dishes, etc. My husband has never been much of a cook, so I do almost all of the cooking. Anyway, the thing I noticed is that if I don't buy the unhealthy (but fast) options, I'll stop making them. As we stopped buying the bad things, we learned how to make quick AND healthy meals. Make grocery lists, and stick to them, and read the nutrition labels. Another thing you can do is take things you already know you and your family like and tweak it to be more healthy. Switch white rice for brown, add more veggies to soups and casseroles (anything really...i even add a variety to spaghetti), try ground turkey in place of beef....Start with small changes, and it will start to come easier! The good thing is that you are making steps toward a healthier lifestyle! Good luck!
P.S. Also, maybe try getting a cook book with quick recipes? There seem to be several out there...I use this website a lot for new recipes...http://healthy.food.com/View Thread
Hi all, I'm gearing up to get back on track with my health. I currently weigh about 285 and am 5'6". I am recently married (just over a year!) and we just bought our first home. With all that's been going on in the past couple years, my fitness took a back seat, and I gained over 60 lbs.! I am now in a place in my life where things are good (and less stressful!). So it's time to get back on track. We would like to start a family in the next couple of years, and I want to be in better shape before we take that on. Right now, I'm starting a new walking regimen. I'm trying to keep my goals well-grounded so they stay attainable. Currently, I have 3 goals:
1. Drink more water! Luckily, I have never been a soda drinker so that part isn't hard. I've been working for the past few months on decreasing my sugar content and making sure drinks are healthy. I now drink lots of unsweetened iced tea (mostly home-made!), some coffee, and milk. But I'd like to increase it because I know I'm drinking less water than I should.
2. Stop eating out! My workplace isn't really conducive to eating at the office and bringing a lunch. I work in a very small, 2-person office, and we don't have a dedicated lunchroom that is away from our workspace. I am not supposed to eat at my desk, so I leave many days for lunch and end up going to various drive thrus. But I can't seem to just STOP! Any ideas on changing these habits? I am very aware that this will be my hardest goal to achieve.
3. Start getting up earlier! Some days, I only get up 15-20 mins before I need to leave for work. This fosters a more stressful morning for me, and less time for breakfast as well. This "no time for breakfast" thing quickly turns into stopping and picking up something unhealthy. So, I want to start getting up earlier so I can take a walk and eat a good breakfast.
If anyone has tips or ideas to help keep me on track and avoid the drive-thru, I would love to hear it! This board looks like an awesome place with awesome people and an awesome support system. I'm so happy to have found this and just have people available to me who can relate!!
One thing that has helped me cut out sugary drinks (coffee drinks for me tho, not soda) was to start trying unsweetened options. I can get bored with just water all the time, so I've been making my own iced tea for awhile now. I make it as sun tea, made by putting about 5 tea bags in a half gallon of water (I use a glass jug) and setting in in the sun for about 4-5 hours. So far, my favorite is green peach tea. And there are A LOT of tea options, so you can still have flavor without the fat and calories. I don't know if that will help, but I wanted to share. One of my own goals is to drink more water and cut our sugary drinks. Good luck!!!
Goal Weight: For now, 220. I'll re-evaluate at that point.
Plan: Walking, walking, walking. For now. I need to get to where I am more able to do more intense activity. My goals at this point are to start a walking regimen in the morning before I go to work. Otherwise, I'm great at justifying skipping it! So far, the hardest part is getting up!
Misc: I am married (just over a year!) and we just bought our first home. Things have been busy, and fitness has been overlooked. Now that we are more settled, it's time to get back at it. I want to take advantage of our awesome fall weather and be walking outside, then I'll be looking at re-joining a gym. Soon enough, we'll have snow and it will be too cold outside to do morning walks. But I have to get started!! My husband and I would like to start trying for kids in 1-2 years, so NOW is the time to get healthy. Any ideas for motivation/staying focused? I seem to do great for awhile, but then I usually taper off.