FOr me, I can exercise all day but I still have to change my food or else the weight doesnt come off. I dont know why it works like that. But from exercise I do notice an increase an energy and ultimately, that is what will get rid of the flub. LOL I walk on the treadmill but only in 20 minute increments and about 3 times a week. Sometimes we will walk outside instead and push the kids in the double stroller and take the dogs. They PULL me the entire way but hey, keeping up with them gives me some "resistance" training right?! HAHA I do need to do better on exercise. I used to love belly dancing, I should try that again.
Rach- I just read over your logs...a few tips that work for me....
instead of whole grain bread slices, whole grain english muffins have less calories...I like turkey, sprouts, tomato on mine. If chemicals dont bother you then some fat free cream cheese too. Or mustard if I am in an anti chemical mood. LOL I do water only for thirst but I do have 2 cups of coffee in the morning (with Vanilla coffeemate creamer
) but I measure the creamer out to an exact serving size so that I dont have to double the calories/fat. I eat total cereal or special K red berries with nonfat milk everyday just cause I like it but oatmeal is a good breakfast too and more filling. I do alot of fruit for breakfast too, especially if I am on the go.
For lunch I do alot of pinto beans (or black beans) on white corn tortillas with chicken (I make a bunch at once and then put it in the fridge so its easy to just throw together) and a tomato/onion/garlic/cilantro salsa that I make (then I dont even notice that there is no cheese, or if I want cheese I do a small amount of low skim mozzy.) When I am feeling snacky I use that salsa on baked chips. Or I put it on rice cakes. I keep lots of rice cakes for snacks, baby organic carrots, plain yogurt with real fruit, apples, pineapple, popcorn (I buy microwave 94% fat free but you can pop your own with no fat if you want). I need a sweet here and there too so I usually keep skinny cow ice cream bars on hand. LOL Its better to forgo sugar all together but I just cant. Well I COULD I suppose but I dont really want to. LOL Or if we are out and about I order a 12 oz nonfat vanilla latte or 12 oz nonfat caramel macchiato and it gives me my sweet "fix." On weekends I do a glass of wine as my "dessert."
For pizza...you can get a lower fat version too. Sometimes I buy the WW brand veggie pizza (or lean cuisine or whatever low fat brand) for when I am in a hurry but otherwise I usually just have regular pizza (like if we are out) and I have veggie/cheese and no more than 2 slices (which is 10 of the 30 pts a day I allow myself.) Before I could have eaten 4 no problem..but I've been working hard at portion control and after awhile you feel full faster. Eat slow too, I read that it takes 20 minutes for your stomach/mind to send the message that you are full.
Dinners lately are alot of crockpot meals, tonight is chicken (frozen skinless bonelss breast) with teriyaki and vegetables. A bit of rice usually but we are out so chicken and veggies it is. LOL I like to go out to sushi too and most everything at a sushi place is acceptable on the lowfat/low calorie "diet." There are tons of lowfat cookbooks out there too. I've been using recipes from Quick 30 min meals from Weight Watchers and there is a 15 min section too which I like better. LOL