SoSurreal: beans are a great way to eat both healthy and cheap! I love lentils, 15 bean soup, and red beans and rice. If you add some sort of sausage to them, boil it first and it will take a lot of the grease out. I am married to a cajun and his red beans will never be w/o sausage:)! I usually take one or two slices and cut them up into small pieces so I feel like I'm getting a little with each bite and the kids are happy to be left with the rest!
SoSurreal: I know how hard that is. I second the recommendation for beans, and we still eat pasta but watch portions (and that si very difficult to do).
I have a good and bad update. The good news is that the plan to walk 30 min a day is going great. I actually walked 22 minutes all at once yesterday, a week ago I didn't think I could do more than 8 min at a time! I discovered the benefits of a good stretch before working out, and found out that I can walk longer with my ipod than I can while watching tv. Also, I've been sticking to my points pretty well so overall it's been a nice, successful stretch of a few days. yesterday I was very emotional over some family stuff and I didn't binge, instead I journaled and hopped on the treadmill. I am amazed I was able to get through that without inhaling the kitchen.
The bad news is the scale is up. I have no idea why! I drink a gallon of water a day, work out, eat healthy, it's not my time of the month... I am really frustrated with this. My WW weigh in is on Sunday and I really do not want to have a gain but I feel like I've done everything in my power to lose and the scale is just not cooperating. :(
I guess this will be the week to concentrate on Non Scale Victories. :/
(Edited to add: I forgot to mention that I measured myself and I've lost 13 inches, including 2.5 inches from my waist! that is super exciting, I had to keep measuring to be sure I was reading it right.)
Attila- When I increase my workouts, I tend to hold onto or even gain what I assume is water weight for a week or so. Sometimes lasting 2 weeks. Focus on the way you feel and the inches you're losing this week and the numbers on the scale will come eventually(I know, easier said than done). You are doing great...I can't believe how much you have increased your walking in such a short period of time! Even if it's slower than you would like, you are moving in the right direction:)
Craziest week ever. I had to work 3 times as much as usual and got no sleep this week. Only 2 work outs all week and one day I ended up eating really badly because I had no food left with me and was looking at 10 more hours of being at work. And then, I got my period this morning. Ugh. Got on the scale today and I am still 226, no change from last week. Glad to have not gained I guess. Hoping next week will be a better one!
oh I am such a slacker- I thought joining this group would help me stay motivated and provide some accountability. I have busy the last couple weeks getting ready for a friend's wedding and preparing for Easter. I haven't stepped on a scale since my first weigh-in of the month I was encouraged that the dress I wore in my friend's wedding was actually too big! It was supposed to be a strapless dress but we had to sew the straps on the dress in order to keep me in it! The dress fit perfectly when I bought it last Sept so it is encouraging to know that I am making progress! I will weigh myself in next Wednesday to see how the numbers look.
Hi LtLers! I have a mega lot to lose, about 170lbs. I am trying to start walking and really, really struggling. I think 12 minutes at a time is my limit, then I feel actual pain in my lower back and feet. Actually, the pain starts around 8 minutes, by 12 it's unbearable. I am walking on the treadmill, 1.5 mph and no incline. (and I am embarrassed to admit that)
Anyone been there? Have any words of advice or anything? I really feel like giving up, it hurts so badly. I am tempted to try to lose a chunk of weight first and then start exercising. :/
Hi Attila! I'm in the same place you are - i've got 200lbs to lose myself. I confessed my true weight here, something I'd never dare to do even to my IRL BFF. Don't be embarassed because you are among friends.
Walking is horrible for me too. I get about 10 minutes in and my feet, my bad knee, and my lower back all start aching. The worst is when I stop - the pain and stiffness when I move again is almost unbearable. I've found that if I take a lot of fish oil and tumeric (careful, it's a blood thinner too) each day, my joints feel better, but not enough to counter the pain fully. I don't really have any advice, just wanted to let you know that you have a buddy who knows what you're going through...PM me if you want to talk privately.
Wife to James , Mama to Sara and Robbie
398/2013, 2/200, 4/52
So I'm right back to where I started - 385lbs.
I know that the last few weeks have been super busy and stressful for me and I've been binge eating every speck of sugar and fat in the house. DH has decided to perfect his cinnamon roll recipe, making 48 rolls at a time. It is SOOOOOO hard to restrain myself from eating all of them!
So back on the wagon I go. Giddyup, cause this fat butt has got to go!!!
Starting weight: 385lbs.
Current weight: 385lbs.
1st Goal Weight: 380lbs.
Final Goal Weight: 175lbs.
Wife to James , Mama to Sara and Robbie
398/2013, 2/200, 4/52
Alright, it seems that I belong on this thread, lol. I've been THINKING about losing weight for over a year, and that strategy has caused a gain of 20lbs or so. Time to be a bit more active about it, no?
My issues - time, mostly. I have three tiny kids - a nearly 3-yo and 5 mo twins, and my DP works a lot, so I don't really get time without them to work out. I'd been getting up to do yoga first thing in the morning, but then the 3yo started waking up and wanting me to lay with her (or just getting up for the day) way too early, so that has fallen by the wayside... A gym is not an option for financial and logistical reasons. But I like working out, so at home usually works for me.
My plan - right now I'd like to get back into the daily (or most-days) yoga routine, eat sensibly, and walk with the kids every day. I just bought a triple stroller so I can push all three kids on walks. It weighs 60lbs (and my kids weigh 65 together) so it seriously intensifies a walking workout. Plus this is a hilly town. Yesterday I made a new friend and we walked 4 miles (2 hours!) That's not feasible every day, but 30 mins/1.5 miles should be doable most days.
My stats -
current weight 223lbs
long-term goal 150lbs
short-term goal 175lbs
mini-goal 210lbs by May 30
2 weeks and another 2 pounds lost. I'm gearing up for the 2nd and 3rd trimesters as I'm 11 weeks today. I'm hoping to get back into walking and some slow jogging. Lately I've just been too TIRED.
Jan: 220 pounds
Current: 186 pounds
Current goal: Gain less than 15 pounds this pregnancy
Ultimate Goal: 130 pounds after baby, losing 2-3 pounds a week
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Plus DH & DD1(8) & DS(6) & DD2(5) & DD3(2)