Something very crushing happened in my life so I decided to turn my life around. I just decided I had enough of being over weight and tired. I deserve to be in shape. So I cut out all junk/fast food, and work out at least 1 hour 5 days a week incorporating free weights, machines and a lot of cardio- preferrably on the cross trainer at the gym. I am going to start spin class one day a week. I am determined to do this. By now I would have given up but something is keeping me going. I have become stubborn and strong willed about getting into shape. My fat days are over. Cutting out fast food/junk was amazing, I did not think I could do it. I feel so much better, I dont have the fat content making me feel tired all of the time-which I thought there was a medical reason I was so tired. I have no cravings for junk. My only vice is a Coke every now and then. I tried to see what would happen if I ate fast food- let me tell you I paid for it, my system got back at me. Also I didnt like it. And this is a food I loved and I realized it tasted terrible. Anyone should try it, cut out the fast food for a fe weeks then you will realize how terrible and bland it tastes. I dont even crave chocolate- I can absolutely say no to anything.
09/28/2010 - 4:20pm
Losing weight is rather simple...calories in vs. calories out. I did not diet. I did not deny myself any food, but only limited the amount of what I ate and work out at least 5 days a week. I have lost over 70lbs so far and have at least another 30lbs to go.
09/28/2010 - 4:03pm
I've lost almost 30 lbs. since February 2010 - slow and steady. I stopped eating bread, rice, pasta, potatoes in any form or fashion. Greek yogurt and some almonds or cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast, salad w/protein for lunch (cheese or meat or egg) and a sensible dinner (meat, vegetables, maybe more salad). I don't weigh or measure my food, just try to keep portions in check with the guidelines we've all read a thousand times. No sodas ever, no juice (only fresh fruit). Chocolate milk is good for a sweet treat, as is a banana topped w/ a few squirts of chocolate syrup.
Exercising 3-4 days a week - either jogging (for as long as I can stand it) or cycling at the gym - I should do more work with free weights but I am lazy-ish. I think the key is to make good food choices, maintain portion control, and exercise regularly. I was a snug 14 and am now wearing size 10 pants happily - and on the way down to a size 8, if I can just lose about 10-12 more pounds. It's about making a lifestyle change committment and not thinking about it being a "diet," and instead of "living to eat," I think of it as "eating to live."
09/28/2010 - 2:44pm
EatintWell's 28 day diet started me off as well as hitting the gym daily. After seeing the portion sizes and understanding what makes a "complete" meal, ie. whole grains with veggies and a protien, I was on my way. I now cook a weeks worth of meals on one day and portion them out into individual containers; breakfast, lunch and dinner. My reciepe resource is EatingWell's cookbooks; Diet, 500 cal dinners, Budget and on-line searches of the EatingWell website. Thanks to EatingWell's great meals and regular exercise, I have lost 30 lbs since the New Year.
09/28/2010 - 9:53am
From a lifetime of almost perfect health (I'm 50+), I suddenly became sensitive to many foods I'd been living on: now I am allergic to many common foods, including wheat, milk, and anything in the potato/tomato/pepper family. If I eat something that I'm sensitive to, I can have negative experiences in my body: 'hot spots' in the joints of my body; loss of memory, and other brain problems that MDs don't even acknowledge. This problem is growing in the US, but most people don't realize that something like pizza can put me into a major brain fog: right now, I haven't seen my keys for at least a week! If I eat something in the tomato family, my joints will ache for days: hubby has to help rubbing my feet to help them not to cramp. Most people don't acknowledge that this family is toxic to a significant degree, and thus may end up with loss of agility of body and mind. There are pockets of people who understand what I'm talking about, but MDs have no tools to help except to push chemical 'medicines' which make the problem worse. If you have any of these problems, contact a chiropractor for muscle-testing to see if you too are allergic.
And by the way: "restless leg syndrome" is a lie: just stop eating Nightshades (family of tomato, potato, eggplant, and sweet peppers) and your symptoms will go away within days. To maintain your health, you may need to avoid these foods entirely.
So my feedback to you: GIVE US RECIPES THAT WON'T MAKE OUR LIVES WORSE! No wheat, milk, tomato etc. means no pizzas, no store-bought cookies, and no sandwiches. On the good side, I've lost 35 pounds in the last three months, and I can't fit into all my current clothes because I've gotten so skinny.
09/28/2010 - 8:27am
I cut out the beer (completely, except celebrations) and unhealthy snacks like M&Ms. I've always been a gym goer, but now it's making more an impact on my overall metabolism.
09/27/2010 - 7:02pm
Gastric bypass (RNY) surgery
09/27/2010 - 6:04pm
P90x- help me get the body I wanted.
09/27/2010 - 3:46pm
Insted of eating less food, I increased the amount of vegetables I eat... And stoped eating anything fried...
09/27/2010 - 2:44pm
It was definitely a combination of cooking at home, where it was easiest to track what was going into my food, and therefore able to track calories and eat healthier AND an exercise program. I lost 145 lbs in a year and a half. I've kept it off for two years. (I have gained about ten pounds of that back. But, I'm pregnant... so that's to be expected.)