Let's Talk Weight Loss/Getting Healthy Chicks!


AlexJC
on Aug 10, 2012 @ 11:45 am

Hey Ladies! 

As you may remember, I wrote an article a little while back about my experience trying to get fit, lose a bit of weight and live a healthier lifestyle. You can check that out here!

Lots of you have given me wonderful words of encouragement which helped me so much (THANKS!).  I also still get a lot of questions about the experience so I know I am not the only one dealing with this. I thought it might be helpful to start a forum for all the chicks out there who are dieting, dealing with a few extra pounds or have questions. So, here it is! A virtual weight loss support group where we can discuss, give each other words of encouragement and help each other out. 

I'll start off because I myself have a question- does anyone have any tips/tricks/ideas on maintaining weight loss and keeping it off? 

Thanks in advance chicks!
 

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Becky
tips on Aug 10, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

Hey AlexJc!! Great thread! :-) And amazing job getting healthy!

I've lost quite a bit of weight in the past, only to gain it back again due to personal reasons, and I think one way to keep yourself alert about your weight is to wear fitted clothes. I tend to wear loose fitting clothes so sometimes I realize weight gain after I've gained quite a bit. I think if I ever lose weight again, I would wear fitted clothes all the time to be a constant reminder of what I have accomplished and the clothes will act as my eyes on my weight, if that makes sense? Go shopping often, wear clothes you couldn't wear during chubbier days,
all of this would help keep you motivated to keep the weight off.

I also think having a healthy eating / workout buddy is a great thing. You get to keep eachother motivated and on the ball. And it really becomes a lifestyle when you're not the only one fighting the weight war.

My biggest problem is starting! I've lost quite a bit of weight in the past, but honest to God i dunno how I started! :-|

I've recently bought Raspberry Ketone and I will try it in a few weeks time. I'll post back after I've tried it for a while and let you ladies know how it goes. :)
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mamaluv
change your life, no excuses on Aug 10, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

I have never really had a problem maintaining my weight in my teens and 20s because I was blessed with a naturally high metabolism. Lately though I've had to actually work to keep my figure and ideal weight. I've always been outdoorsy but never really uber sporty, and with a job that keeps me chained to a desk 8 hrs a day, it was getting a little bottom heavy over here.

I have gotten more strict about my diet (I'm not ON a diet, but I'm being much more aware of eating balanced meals and enjoying dessert less often) and I work out and/or get vigorous exercise at least 3x a week. Even then, I find slacking off a couple of weeks sees the scale start to creep upward and then I have to work hard to get back on track.

They say it takes weeks to make a new habit but only days to break it. That's because self-loathing sets in and we too quickly give up once we've failed. So my "tip" as such is to just keep with the healthy habits for the rest of your life. Don't allow yourself to go back to old ways because one broken resolution generally creates a domino effect of many broken resolutions.

I am also trying to be super realistic about the habits I'm trying to set. I will NOT give up on dessert or junk food or carbs etc because a life without garlic bread, popcorn, and blueberry pie just ain't gonna happen. Instead I am very mindful of eating in moderation and making up for indulgences with a little extra activity like a post-meal walk around the block.

I find it really helpful to stick to the serving sizes as posted on the packaging (or the equivalent when it's homemade). It's amazing how tiny a serving size of chocolate is when you consider you'd normally scarf down 3x that amount without thinking twice. But when you realize that each serving packs 100 calories or whatever, you're less likely to take that second helping. Most people need 10-15 mins on the treadmill to burn off that one serving size of chocolate!
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AlexJC
@Becky- Clothing! on Aug 10, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

That's a really smart idea about the clothing! (Plus- any excuse to shop!) I still have all my clothes from when I was bigger and I keep debating about whether or not to throw them out!
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Malixy
diets dont work for me on Aug 11, 2012 @ 04:49 pm

Ever since I moved in with my boyfriend over a year ago, I've gained about 10-15 pounds because I let him be the cook, and he's very skinny, so he likes to cook things with a lot of cheese, smothered in butter and sauces, because he doesn't gain much weight, ever.

I on the other hand realize I've got a little belly now thanks to this lovely meal plan, so to get it back under control, I am now the cook of the household. Every day I make a salad with dinner, thats served first. Lots of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh peppers, sprinkled with a little parmesan. So I have a few helpings of salad before moving onto the main course, so I eat more veggies then heavy food. A couple of hours later we have a little "tea party" with something sweet so you don't get hungry again too soon. So far this has been working well for me, when I don't have a lapse in judgement when going out with friends.

Also, I absolutely hate gyms, and going to gyms. So I work out at home, with the help of youtube videos. There's plenty of trainers who post their work out routines online, and you can find one that suits you best. I have one video I like for fat burn, its only 6 minutes long but a great work out. I try to do this once a day , and will move on to doing it twice once I think I can handle it.

I live downtown so I also try to walk when I can rather then taking streetcars or subways.

If you want you can also make your own food rather then buying premade stuff, so you know exactly what's in it. I make my own burgers, meatballs, iced tea, smoothies, pizzas. Plus, it saves you some money in some cases.

I agree with Becky, I always wear fitted clothing, so I can see when I'm "off my game" pretty quickly.
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Jessi
tips and tricks that work! on Aug 12, 2012 @ 02:31 pm


I recently just lost a crap load of baby weight (thank god!) and found it to be quite the journey. I was pretty tiny before I had the baby and I hoped I would be one of those people who looked like they just walked out of the hospital and back into their old wardrobe... i was very very wrong and not nearly that fortunate. I did a load of research and did any tip and trick I could find to help with my so far 40 pound weight loss... this is what worked for me....
1- always be aware of what your eating, our bodies are naturally designed to feel full and satasfied at a minimum of 1200 calories a day so try and stay close to that without going under or your body will go into starvation mode and you will STOP loosing any weight at all
2) cut out the suggary pops, sweet teas, frozen coffees and anything but natural juices, teas, and mostly water. Get all the water you can, it helps flush your system, keeps you hydrated and has ZERO calories! Sugar= fat
3) your body is built to survive on meat (lean cuts!), fruit and vegetables, not processed foods so stock up on those and you will have no guilt when you have an apple instead of a chocolate bar as a snack
4) get rid of temptation.....if its not in your house you cant eat it right?
5 ) exercise is a given, even if its just a nice walk around the block after dinner. Anything is better then nothing
6) certain foods boost your metabolish making your body a fat burning machine just by digesting what you eat! Things that are rich in protein are espically good to get the metabloism working for you
7) last but not least...... your body is naturally acidic and it is totally impossible to loose weight unless you balance it out by making it more alchaline. The only way to do this is to eat fruits and vegetables as they balance your body back out.

Good luck to everybody out there and I hope this helps!
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gl0ss
Diets don't work on Aug 13, 2012 @ 12:44 am

Diets just simply don't work, it truly is a lifestyle change that needs to happen
I have lost weight a few times, and gained it back and lost it again
It really goes back to the fundamentals. Everything is okay in moderation, if you cut everything out chances are you are not creating a sustainable reality for yourself. They say 80% diet 20% exercise, and I find this to be completely true

It's funny how something as simple as calories in and calories out has created a multi billion dollar industry of diet pills, shakes, supplements etc

Try to make better choices, but don't leave yourself always craving the 'other' stuff, treat yourself once in a while, 1 cheat day a week can help keep you in check

Check out bodyrock.tv for at home workouts, they post tons of videos and blogs about food, if you have 12 minutes you have time for a work out @ home!
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MAB386
the curse on Aug 13, 2012 @ 04:15 am

yeah no matter what i eat or diet on i cant gain or loose weight its like a curse
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sheheehee
Weight Loss on Aug 15, 2012 @ 04:04 am

What a good thread. Jessi, you have a number of good suggestions, for me the key is to simply not have the junk in the house. Like you said, if it's not there, you won't eat it! Thank you all for sharing.
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AlexJC
@malixy on Aug 15, 2012 @ 10:40 am

I love your suggestions! I really think that one of the less healthy things anyone can eat is processed or pre made food. Even if your homemade meal has cheese or butter, it's always better and healthier than something processed. It's really smart to serve the salad first too, I am going to start doing that. I always tend to eat it last so when it comes to it I'm like....ughhh I don't really want it, maybe I'll skip it tonight?

I also think that doing little things like walking instead of streetcarring it is so smart. It's just a small change and can help you out.

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gl0ss
Small Changes on Aug 15, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

I actually just finished watching a HBO special about weight in America

They had some really interesting things to say, the two key things that I found were key were

1) We do not realize how many calories we drink everyday. With all the sodas, 'vitamin' waters, energy drinks, coffee's, fea's etc - some of us consume our daily caloric intake just from these drinks alone

2) Stress! This is a huge one, they focused on stress having to do a lot with weight gain, how your body reacts when you are under stress based on the different chemical reactions released in our bodies when they are under stress. Basically your body goes into a automatic preservation mode and your cells go into a fat storing mode, which also contributes to cravings for high fat, salty, sugar filled foods

It was pretty interesting, I would recommend giving it a watch! "The Weight of the Nation"
http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/films
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