Re: So I need some help
posted at 11/24/2010 10:33 PM EST
In Response to Re: So I need some help
:OMG JBar, congrats! I need to talk to you about this post. Once my divorce nightmare is over (hopefully 40 days + or -), I need to lose about 25, too. Happy Thanksgiving and I'll be in touch!!
[QUOTE]Dread, this is going to be a long post so grab a snack (healthy of course) and settle in. Over the past few months I've dropped 32 lbs and I've got 6 more to go. I went from a size 14 to a 6 and soon I'll be a 4. I did it through portion control and exercise. If you're at a restaurant, when order your meal ask them to put half of it in a carryout container before they serve you. Drink water water water. All day. Esp before meals. Salads actually taste better when they're only dressed with balsamic vinegar, no oil. No bleu cheese! Eat a healthy breakfast as soon as you wake up - it'll kick start your metabolism. Snack throughout the day on stuff that's easy to carry around (nuts, fruit etc). Try to make your lunch the biggest meal of your day and go light at dinnertime. When I go to restaurants now I always order a large salad with either chicken or salmon on it. Even restaurants that don't have this on the menu will almost always make it for you. If you like salmon, ask the server if it's wild or farm raised. Farm raised is not good. Invest in a decent heart rate monitor and wear it all day for a day. Turn it on before you get out of bed. That night when you're headed to bed, check it to see how many calories you burned that day. You have to take in fewer calories than you burn if you want to lose weight. Homemade soup is your friend. Weight Watchers has a recipe for zero point soup. Make a batch on the stove or in a crockpot and you can heat it up all week for dinner. I'll send you the recipe if you want. Buy everything organic. Sure it's more expensive but you're not feeding a family of 6. You can splurge on you. Exercise - walk everywhere you can. And walk quickly! At the grocery store, gym, etc. park as far away as you can. It kills me when i see people jockeying for the closest parking spot at my gym! Try to walk briskly at least 30 minutes a day. If it's not too geeky, carry dumb bells with you and swing your arms while you walk. It's great for shoulders, biceps and triceps. Exercise in front of the tv. It's easy to do a bunch of ab exercises, bicep curls, etc while watching the Patriots and the Bruins. Find a walking partner (Buttercup?). Make a plan to get up 30 minutes early everyday and really bust hump around your neighborhood. Make one weekend day the day you'll really get a good workout in. Running, biking, hiking, skating, cross country skiing, blading, boarding....make it fun. Throw out your fat clothes! Keeping them in the closet means that you expect to wear them again. Bad! Set milestones for yourself (baby steps) and reward yourself when you hit them. As soon as you drop one size, get some sexy jeans in the new size. After you drop another 10 pounds, buy those exercise shoes you've been lusting after. Don't reward yourself with a hot fudge sundae though! My diet consists of lots of fruit and veggies, brown rice, lean meats and fish, lots of tea, soups, etc. I tossed out the chips, cookies, ice cream, and I don't eat much bread anymore. I know you like sandwiches - try whole wheat pita bread or deli flats for a change. Bottom line is, a "diet" is a lifestyle. You have to like what you eat or you won't stick with it. You may be surprised how much "good for you" stuff you actually like! And food without hormones and pesticides is just plain tastier. Last thought - next spring plant a garden. If you don't have a yard, find a community garden in your town and get a patch of land. The gardening is great exercise and food that you grow yourself is the best food you'll ever eat.
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