How do I stay on track?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I've lost weight in the past and I know I can do it again. I want to lose 50 pounds and keep it off once and for all. My big problem is staying on track with the diet and exercise. The last time I undertook this journey my life was a bit different....I had a treadmill to use whenever I wanted and I mostly ate alone so I could really plan my meals easily. I have moved since then and now I have another person to think about when planning meals and no treadmill to run on anymore. I live in an apartment now so working out without disturbing the downstairs neighbor is a real concern for me. I bought a mini stepper and I do use it but I miss my treadmill. As for meal planning, well, that's a whole other issue. I know how I'd like to cook but due to money issues I can't get the foods I'd like. I need to learn how to cook on a super tight budget. I like to make meals that will feed both myself and my boyfriend more than once so a lot of times we end up making casseroles of some sort. I have the best intentions in mind but they never seem to come to fruition. We'll talk about exercising together daily but it seems like that never happens. We'll commit verbally to stick to a certain calorie count and that goes out the window after a few days. I'll drop a few pounds and then go right back up. I've been staying within a 3 pound range and I can't seem to get out of this rut. I've been here for months now and no matter what I change I stay here. I'm losing hope and I just don't know what to do anymore to stay on track and get the weight off once and for all. Lost and confused......
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  • SKYE996
    @ BARBERCHECK - I'd love to make a friend on here to help me with my weight loss journey and in turn be able to help them if I can. I just quit smoking 30 days ago and haven't gained weight from that endeavor which is a plus. As for the twizzlers on you end - sometimes you just have to enjoy a "bad" snack LOL. As long as you know you can't reach for that kind of thing all the time then you're okay. I would love to be able to have a big 'ol salad as a meal but unfortunately I can't eat any sort of leafy green. I have a very bad aversion to the likes and I've tried multiple times to overcome it. I don't like the taste or texture of greens at all. Come to think about it, I'm a very picky eater when it comes to any type of fruit or vegetable. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my blog. Congrats on wanting to be a healthier you and best of luck reaching your goals. Have a great day! emoticon
    1773 days ago
  • SKYE996
    @ANAM8ME - I have a very supportive boyfriend. It was because of me that he lost like 40 pounds. We both started eating healthier foods. Thankfully, neither of us like fast food so that is not an issue. I had the same problem as you with the not eating all day but that was because I don't have much of an appetite most of the time anyway. I force myself to eat some sort of breakfast (usually a smoothie or a couple pieces of fruit) and a lot of times I have to remind myself to eat lunch because I have no hunger pangs. I'm now trying to adjust the time we eat dinner as we always seem to eat late (around 8 or 9pm). Now I try to be sure that we eat before 8pm. As for the exercise, I recently bought a mini stepper so I use that daily. I have trouble motivating myself to do it at times though. I have a mountain bike that I would love to ride more but we have yet to find one for my boyfriend (we have like no money to buy one right now). We both have inline skates too.....however, I can't quite skate yet since I'm just starting to learn how. Anyway, thanks for the suggestions and the support. Have a good day! emoticon
    1773 days ago
    Don’t give up! I’ve been in almost the same situation except my boyfriend at the time wasn’t supportive at all. (He was underweight and never had to deal with watching what he ate.)

    As far as motivation, I’ve found that a little competition always helps me! The main reason I got motivated in May to start my journey was MONEY and BRAGGING RIGHTS! My work decided to have a Biggest Loser competition and the chance to rub my success in the face of my coworkers has me totally committed. You and your boyfriend could have a Biggest Loser competition. Set a length of time, like now until New Years, and set a day each week to weigh in. At each weigh in, you both pay $1. At the end of the competition, whoever has the biggest percentage of weight loss wins!! If you start today, that could be over $50! (You could also add in house work or sexual favors to get him motivated!)

    With the weather being nice right now, if you don’t have a treadmill, take advantage of outside! Take walks or find steps you can walk up and down. (Just remember your sun screen!) As crazy as it sounds, I’ve been hula hooping as my main form of cardio. Hooping burns about 700 calories and hour and really helps your legs and abs! I’ve been doing it 3 weeks now and now I’m able to do it as I watch TV without breaking anything. You can also do exercises like yoga and aerobics routines off the internet in your apartment. If you are really concerned about bothering your neighbors, just let them that you plan to start exercising to lose weight and ask if they would mind a little noise during a certain time of the day. (It would be an hour to 1.5 hours max) You’d be surprised how understanding and supportive they can be. (And seeing your results might motivate them also!)

    Eating on a budget is tricky, but not impossible. First, start off slow and don’t dramatically change your life. Track what you eat on the nutrition tracker without changing a thing. You’ll probably see, like I did, that it’s carb and fat heavy because that’s what is in a lot of the prepackaged, fast food. Try and cut out or change 1 food option at a time until you’re down to your target calories/carb/fat/protein level. I found that easing into a lifestyle change is MUCH more effective than a drastic change. You have far less cravings because you didn’t quit cold turkey. My first change was drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and making sure to eat something for breakfast. (My breakfast of choice is greek yogurt with cereal mixed into it.) I found my biggest problem was fasting most of the day until I was beyond starving and then gorging…eating a whole pizza or a supersized meal from Wendy’s. Drinking water and eating breakfast starting helping from the very beginning. Since eating fast food is now part of our culture, I went online and looked up nutritional values for all the fast food places around here (Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Subway…etc) and found food options that could keep me on target that when I want “fast food.” My favorite, and one of the cheapest options, is Taco Bell’s Chicken Soft Taco at only 170 calories, 6g fat, 18g carb, and 12g protein. I also plan most of my meals for the week during the weekend and cook as much as I can in advance because another of my downfalls is eating “bad food” because it’s quicker to make. If I have good food already prepared, then I can eat that. Look at recipes on here and wait until Aldi/Save-a-Lot has food items on sale to make them. When I eat veggies, I mainly eat frozen veggies. They don’t have to be fresh to be effective!

    Sky’s the limit SKY!!! Don’t limit yourself!!! You can do it. emoticon

    1773 days ago
    It is sooo hard to stay on track, especially if you don't have consistent commitment. I also lost a lot of weight before and it was really pretty easy, but mostly because I only managed myself. Now I manage myself, a man, and a child full time (and two others part time). I'm not having a lot of success right now, so I feel your pain, but I bet if we get up every day and make one more small decision that puts us back on track; and focus on those, we could get there. Yesterday, I had a huge salad for lunch, and LIKED it :-). (I also had four twizzlers-- oops). But I had a salad, and remembered again how filling and enjoyable they can be-- so that was one step in the right direction right? On that note, if you need a cheerleader, or accountabilibuddy, let me know! I know I could use one a lot of days! Good luck, hang in there, one step, one day at a time and on the way we will find our new path to losing the weight again.

    1773 days ago
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