Norma, you are so right, there are classes all over out there for everyone, not just those on assistance, but people either don't know about them or just won't go. Here in Kansas, at least the towns I have lived in, do a good job about getting the word out, but it's getting the people who truly need it to go that is the problem. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink till he's darn good and ready. K-State extention does a lot as far as nutrition education, as well as budgeting and all sorts of stuff, free to the public through funding by the state and Kansas State University (K-State) but getting people to go to those voluntary meetings is a trick. They do some during the day for people who work at night, more in the evenings and on weekends for those who work weekdays, even classes in several foreign languages to cover whatever the local poplutations are. They do a lot of good work in schools, actually bringing in the foods and having the kids prepare them so that the kids can see how quick, easy, and tasty good nutrition can be, and that is where I see the most difference being made. When a kid makes something at school then brings it home with the recipe and a price breakdown of the foods they pester the parents into trying and letting the kids help make it at home, some of these parents then get interested and actually go to the adult meetings, which is awesome.
Still, there are a fair number of parents who just don't want to bother and live on hamburger helper or McDonalds because "It's what the kids like." I have a sister like that, swears her kids won't eat veggies but whenever those two boys visit anyone else in the family they ask for fresh veggies and fruits, then ask for seconds and thirds. They get dissapointed if we don't have home cooked food if they are over during meal times and instead opt. for cook out food (burgers, hotdogs, brauts, anything bbqed, etc.) yet she swears they are the ones who always want to eat out or don't want the veggies. When my nephew was 3 years old and what he wanted for a treat from grandma was peas and then ate the whole family sized package my heart broke. Earlier that day she swore her kids wouldn't eat any veggie other than canned green beans. I can't spoil my nephews with candy or soda or anything you would think an aunt would let a kid occasionally gorge on as a treat because that is what their mom gives them all the time and instead they come to my house and ask for milk, fruit (especially melon, which their mom will admit she doesn't get because she doesn't want spend the time preparing it) and veggies. My sister was raised differently, home cooked meals, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, very little sugary snacks and really snacks all together (it was fresh fruit, fresh veggies, or nothing for snacks growing up, except for one brief period when my mom was really into pretzles) but she is still in her early 30's rebelling by eating terribly. Ok, sorry for unloading about her but it really upsets me that she acts this way. She has introduced me to several other adults (with children) who are stuck in that mindset of a rebellious 14 year old, then they all complain about being fat?
Anyway, I know my state spends lots of time and money on educating about healthy eating, including the farmer's markets offering to double foodstamps to buy fresh food at the markets. The education about healthy living should be a bigger part of high school ciriculum because teens often forget what they were taught in elementary school either because of everything else they have to learn or just pure rebellion.
Oh yeah, and I admit I got fat off of home cooked, nutrient packed foods, just too much of them.View Thread
In Kansas they do have lots of hand outs where you sign up for food stamps as well as most of the other organizations, both public and private, regularly hold meetings and send out fliers on how to eat healthy with little money and time. The biggest problem they run in to with these is that people just don't show up or promptly throw the information in the trash. I know that there have been times that food was "the only luxury I could afford" so I ate whatever tasted good without paying attention to nutritional content, and that is what I think happens just as commonly as people who have no information.View Thread
Welcome! The others who have already commented seem to be right on the head about not eating enough or possibly snacking too much. There is so much hit and miss with losing weight, especially when you are breastfeeding. There are some resources here on WebMD about weightloss and breastfeeding but there is another site I like that has a lot of resources on the subject.
Now, I'm not trying to chase you away from here, this is an awesome place for venting frustration and getting encouragement to keep on track. BabyFit is also a good place to get encouragement from a lot of moms going through the same thing you are right now. There are a lot of ladies who have chatted there since even before they found out they were pregnant but they are open to new people joining in their discussions and helping each other through everything life as a mom entails.
Don't give up, weight loss and learning to be healthier is a journey. There will be potholes and blown tires on the way but you will get there.View Thread
It totally works. I have used my kids bowls and plates just to trick my eyes into thinking I have more than I do. Another trick is to get those small ziploc bags, the ones that are smaller than sandwich size, and use them for snacks or to pack the componenets of your lunch. They are so full with sometimes half a serving I find myself not even eating everything in them.View Thread
I still can't believe it has only been eight months since I hit my heaviest weight ever. I didn't even really start on my journey to a healthier life until seven months ago when I was still that weight. In August I was 249lbs and my size 22pants were a little snug on me, now I am 197lbs and my size 18 are getting lose on me ( I have to constantly pull them up but I'm not fitting into 16's yet but it should be coming soon!) I am just so excited about all I have accomplished.
The strangest thing is I can't wrap my mind around the idea that it was such a short time ago that I was at my heaviest. I think part of the reason for this is I have adapted so well to a healthier life style that I can't believe how little I was moving and burning calories and how many calories I was taking in. It had to be so much different than what I am doing now, but I can't imagine it. Another reason I think it's so surreal is that I have dieted on and off since I was 10 and it always seemed to take so much longer to lose less than I have in this short time, but I think that is more because then the focus was on losing the weight so I never focused on maitenance afterwards. It's all very surreal.It's not like I have made huge lifestyle changes all at once, just a few things at a time, but when I think it's been just 7 months that I have been working on being healthier it feels like it has been all at once because 7 months is a short period of time when you look at the grand scheme of things.
The reason I am posting about all of this is today while I was out running around to activities for my kids I looked in a mirror in a bathroom and the t-shirt I am wearing looks huge on me as well as the pants I am wearing that are made to be tight are noticably lose. It's just an XL t-shirt (my husband's really) and it's really loose, maybe it is time for me to try on a medium since I know the large t-shirts we have fit me fine just a month ago. It's just one week from my birthday now (it's friday) and I'm not where I would like to be with my weight or size, but, goodness, I have come a long way and I am proud on myself this far.
So, how long has your current journey been underway and how far have you come?View Thread
It's not uncommon to be hungry sometimes, I know at least one day a month I find myself pacing the kitchen like a caged tiger trying to figure out what to eat because I am starving but finding that my stance on not buying snack foods keeps me from fulfilling that drive.
One of the things you can do to keep from feeling starving all the time is to take a look at the foods you are eating. Some foods, especially those high in refined carbs and sugars, can make us hungrier later. If those aren't in your diet you may want to see what the most calorie dense foods you regularly eat and figure out a less calorie dense food you can substitute in your daily life. Lots of veggies have lower calories which means you eat a larger volume to get the same calories you would get in a smaller portion of something like meats. You could also keep ultra low calorie snacks around like celery to munch on when you just need something to snack on.
Something else just popped into my head, I have read studies and heard over and over that sometimes our bodies mistake thirst for hunger. One of the things I do when I am hungry and it's not quite time for food is just down a big glass of cold water. It fills up the stomach which then has to warm the water to body temperature before it can absorb it so the stomach stays full longer staving off hunger. It has kept me from from mindless snacking at night after the kids are in bed.
After a while of eating less, your body gets use to it and you will find you aren't hungry as often and you feel full with a lot less. Stick it out and in the end you will feel better.View Thread
Kim, you are so right, it all is about what works for each of us individually. I tried logging because I got to a point where I wasn't losing as quickly as I was before and wanted to figure out a way to ramp up my effort that works for me. It's all trial and error and as my husband has been reminding me, over 50lbs lost so far is nothing to scoff at.View Thread
The week before this last I decided I would experiment with logging my food and it just didn't work out for me. In the past when logging I had gone to the extreme of restricting intake to a very unhealthy point, but that's not why it's not working for me now. This time while logging at the end of the day I would find that I had four or five hundred calories left so I would eat something else even if I wasn't hungry. One night I found I had enough calories left and saw my husband having a piece of cheesecake so I had a piece too, and that is just one example. It just was not conducive to healthy eating.
Instead of seeing that number as the maximum amount of calories I can have I saw it as the number to strive for without going over, but my life is not "The Price is Right" and I can't let myself get into that mindset. It was also that time of the month and when I weighed in on Monday I had gained 1.5 lbs, so I decided to change my logging style instead of scrapping logging all together. Instead of logging for calories and everything else I am going to just log what I ate. I think this will be helpful so I can check in with myself and make sure I am making good food choices without focusing on how many calories I have left that I can eat. Even being four or five hundred calories under my max I was still over the 1200 calorie minimum that people should eat so as long as I am listening to my body about when it is full and focusing on content I think I will do better on my journey to a healthy weight.
Now logging calories used in the day, that worked. I didn't start moving more or exercising that week, in fact I was less active because it was spring break so I was home with the kids, stuck inside because it was raining all week. Still, seeing that I am moving more and infact expending hundereds more calories than the minimum I should to lose weight according to the WebMD logger, makes me feel that I am on track as far as the exercise goes. I can't even imagine what I was doing before that wasn't burning that many calories or that I was not moving at least as much as I am now even though it hasn't really been that long since I was at my heaviest.View Thread
Thanks guys. Also, I am using the WebMD logger, although I did like the MyPyramid logger that use to be on the USDA site, but I haven't been able to find anything like it since they changed it to MyPlate.
Norma, that is what I am planning on my journal being, more of a tool to figure out where I need to do to get into better eating habits. Luckily, my kids are still young enough that I can pretty easily enforce the rule that they eat what I put in front of them or they don't eat at that meal. Works well enough. We just don't have the money for it to be any other way and I'm not going to load my house with unhealthy things just because they are something my kids will eat. I've also cracked the whip on my husband not liking what I make and just getting himself something else for dinner because it gets in the kids mind that they can do the same. I even make him let the kids see him take at least one bite of veggies he doesn't like (and he doesn't like most) before I let him scrape the rest on my plate while they are not looking.
I stalled there for a while on weight, changed the way I eat at lunch, but now I'm ready for something more. I'm still not into restricting what foods I can eat because that just sets up in my mind to gorge on them when I slip up. I will still take it one week at a time and if I see that by the end of the week I am restricting too many calories then I think I will just log one week a month to check in on my routine.View Thread