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Just a few tidbits of information for all wanting to lose the pounds.
- Dump the dairy products, processed foods, boxed food, soda, tv dinners, frozen pizza, alcohol, and most drinks that have the high fructose corn syrup in them. More whole food in your diet the better!
- Read the labels of items, if it looks like a biology experiment...don't buy it or eat it.
- Drink more water...at least 2 liters a day!
- Eat more fiber rich foods, like nuts, legumes, vegetables, fruit...remember what your parents told you about eating vegetables?? Eat more fish, chicken..etc.
- Make eating at McD's or Burker King a thing of the past...!
- Eat 4 times per day...if you have a 2000 caloric limit...divide it into at least 4 or 5 meals.
- Exercise...walk your dog or your spouse, park your car far away in the lot at work, just find a way to get the blood pumping. Ride your bike...do something to burn off the calories.
Been doing this for about 2 years, went from 14% body fat to around 8-10% body fat now...all of this is not rocket science just a lot of common sense. If you feed your body good nutritious food like fish, fruits and vegetables, after a time your body will crave these same things...and going to McD's will make you sick to your stomach!!
I would love to jump in with you all. I would also like to get fit and healthy. I have yet to make it to the gym even though I joined months ago. I have developed some eye problems and can not drive. I have surgery coming up after that I want to start some kind of routine. I am watching what I eat and trying to stay as active as I can. I walk about five miles while I work. I love reading about what others are doing. What kind of routines do you all have at the gym? I was told once I'm cleared to go, to start out slow 30 mins cardio twice a week and strength training small sets and small reps twice a week. Have a great day!
Heres the laugh of the day... I'm at Mc Donald's it 1030 am... I order a grill chicken salad and some apple dippers for my kiddos...the manager walks up to the in training cashier and says "im sorry we do not serve grilled chicken at this time that is a lunch item but you can still have the salad. and also we do not carry caramel for the apples anymore" So I asked well why not he said"we are trying to be a more healthier restuarant"...I looked at the menu and seen that they serve fried chicken in one of their breakfast bisquits...LOL! and yes it is a 24hr McDonald's...
@ Linda lol one 30 calorie caramel package is gonna make the difference when everything else is fried and fried in oil
Oh My...McD's at 10:30 a.m! I'd be sick the rest of the day from the stench of grease.
Hi Tim, Linda made a very good choice though. I'm not saying McDonalds is a good place to eat, I personally stopped eating at fast food places 2 years ago. We all do know also it's not rocket science and common sense,, but we are here for support and to support each other. We will get there everyone! It goes deeper than the food itself. Emotional eating, eating from stress, everyone has different life situations we need to deal with.
Good luck everyone, hope all is well. My leg I would say is 25% better. Pretty swollen still though.
Good morning everyone. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
Tim - good advice - but we all know that most of us will never be food puritans. So if it happens that one must eat at a fast food joint - make better choices & move on with your day.
Linda - it is really amazing what McDonald's thinks is healthy! But keep up making better choices. It is worth it in the end. Personally - I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since January 2011. I don't really miss it anymore either.
Joan - welcome to the group. Be sure to set up your info & goals on the profile page - it can really give you a good idea of where you are calorically during the day. I myself do an hour of cardio (elliptical- intervals or cross country setting) 3-4 days a week, and two days of 20 minutes cardio with 45 minutes of strength/resistance training with my PT twice a week. I also do 30 minutes of very light cardio M-F before work in the morning.
Victoria - how are doing? Give us an update girl!
Donna - glad your leg is beginning to feel a bit better. Just take it slow. We can do more harm than good if we rush back to soon after an injury. Keep up with ice & the Advil or ibuprofen. If you haven't seen a doctor - I would suggest it if you are still in pain in a couple days.
Keep up the good work everyone!
Well I want to loose 150 lbs!! So I joined Body by Vi 90 day Challenged! I lost 10 lbs with that in 2 weeks. Got a boost from that and energy, so I took the next step and joined Anytime Fitness! I am hoping that between the two I can meet my goal!!
I have been trying to be real good, but sometimes a little difficult with a 15 year old son always around ! So I got him to join Anytime Fitness too !! He weighs as much as I want to loose! LOL!!
Good luck everyone with your goals!!
So great story...I would love to take a Zumba class, I watched a demo last year, and looked in to it, but nothing is available im my area during the times I am available.
Im in that 100lb class...it is a long trip but well worth it! So far it has been 4 yrs for me. I had a few set backs with a foot and shoulder injury, but now back on track. It feels so good to get back in to my smaller cloths. I just set very small obtainable goals for my self, My ultimate goal is to be back down to 130lbs. I started this journey at 278lb and I am only 5'2".
We can all use a partner in this journey! Im here!
10 pounds in 2 weeks, that is awesome!!
txwindstorm - I would caution you against plans like body by vi for the simple reason that it does not teach you how to eat "regular" foods in a manner that will allow you to continue losing weight (or even maintain) once you are of the program and are back to eating real food. There are many other reasons I would never recommend that program - but I won't get into them here.
The shakes are not a magic bullet. Learning how to eat properly (nutrition & portion control) is the magic bullet.
Congrats on your loss so far - but PLEASE consider doing it the old fashioned way - pure diet & exercise!
I'm here for you and everyone else. We will all be able to do this with support. Just listening to others and how they have done it inspires me to want to do it even more. I'm actually looking forward to get back into the gym. This time I'm well prepared to start off slow and stretch this time, don't want this to happen to me again.
Laura Steward - I had a surgery a couple of years ago. I have to drink shakes pretty much for the rest of my life to get the nutrients I need. I have tried every kind of shake there pretty much is at like GNC, etc. (I have tons of big tubs and packages of shakes) I have never been able to stick to any of them due to they make me sick to the point of wanting to puke every time I drink them from all the sugars, whey, etc. Body by Vi is very different, it's the first shake I have been able to drink and not get sick. So I am loving it!! Without Body by Vi, God knows where I would be, probably in bed still asleep, due to being so tired just from the lack of nutrients. It's not a weight loss shake, it's a, low calorie, low sugar, nutrient shake. It does have it's benefits of making you feel full, but when you add the fruit or veg's to it, it is awesome along with the energy I have now, I can't beat it!!
TX - in your case - then I make an exception to the shake program. Normally people use them as a quick fix thinking that they will be able to drop pounds quickly and then magically maintain that loss when they go back to eating big-macs & whoppers. Those programs do not teach us how to interact with the "bad" foods in a healthy manner - so that when people go off of them - they revert to their old bad habits.
If you are looking at them as part of a lifelong diet plan for medical reasons & your doctor has cleared the plan for you - then by all means - slurp away!!
Thanks for the welcome note Laura. I'm playing around with this site and there is so much here.
Pat- I'm right about were you are and have a little bit more to lose. I walk a lot right now and that helps and trying to eat small portions and keep "life" in line.