So this is all new to me. I don't mean trying to lose weight but reaching out to others for support. I am a keep to myself type person. I am 30, I weigh 240lbs, I'm 5'2 and while I have spent many hours researching the best ways to lose weight, I struggle with it. I am a firm believer in exercise and balanced diet. I think those are the only true ways to maintain a healthy weight. I don't believe in diet pills or crash/fad diets. I love vegetables and fruits and fish and the feeling I get after a good work out. But I can't find the will to keep going. I have four amazing children that I love so much it hurts. I am aware of the risk my weight is posing to our lives. Not only is it a bad example for them but it's also dangerous for me. I don't want to end up fighting for my life because I'm fat. My daughter is also overweight and that is something that weighs on me so heavily, I can barely face it sometimes. That's why I'm trying this community effort now. I have all the technical knowledge to get going and make a change but something is standing in my way. I hate to hide behind an excuse of depression, but I know that stress and negativity can have a harsh effect on people and maybe that's something I need a little help dealing with. So tell me, how do I lose 100lbs?View Thread
Wow, I didn't realize how much of an impact joining an online community can have on me. Each of you taking the time to help me either with advice or encouragement means a lot to me. bigred53 , your suggestions are great and make it sound easier than I thought to get in control of what my family is eating. And californiakayla , your encouragement regarding my kids health concerns brought a tear to my eyes (literally). Thank you so much. I will definitely try out these different tactics. mog1026 , I do understand what you are saying about making excuses. It's a pet peeve of mine, but I'm not immune to it either. Thank you for making me face the truth on that one.
"Don't make too many changes all at once or you can get discouraged. One of the regulars here says something like 'baby steps to a new lifestyle.' One step at a time and one day at a time."-bigred53
"You have to make up your mind that you are going to do whatever it takes to get yourself and your family healthy." -bigred53
" If you can set an example and essentially forcefully impose a healthy lifestyle within the household, many positive things will happen!"-californiakayla
These are some quotes that really stand out to me and make me feel like I can absolutely do this and how. Thank you all.View Thread
I like healthy foods but I work at a kitchen that serves mostly fried foods and greasy burgers. (It's a sports bar and grill) I don't always get a chance to eat real meals and it's just so easy and tempting to grab a snack of chicken wings or nachos instead of salad. That being said, I don't tend to snack a lot at work. The real problem is when I'm home. After cooking at work, I do not feel like putting in a lot of effort in at home and so I find myself snacking A LOT. And those snacks aren't satisfying so I end up having more and more. I'll eat a whole box of strudel muffins (for example) just by snacking too much. I have also heard that one of the greatest tools to use is a food diary. I know that there are a lot of apps and this site has one too. The thing is that they just don't seem practical for me. Most the sites don't have the food I eat on them even after boasting about having hundreds of thousands of foods in their database. And when I'm working or busy, I'm not gonna be able to stop what I'm doing to write it down. Besides, unless it's from a box, there's no way I can know what the nutritional value is. Yesterday I made a wrap at work that consisted of a garlic-herb tortilla, roasted chicken breast, jack cheese, mushrooms, peppers, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and homemade honey mustard. How can I track that?View Thread