100 lb. Club - Little Changes, Big Results

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06-09-2008, 04:37 PM
I would like to have a thread what personal changes YOU made today (or this week) to better yourself! I really believe if we make small changes, often, it will make a BIG impact on our lives!

Today I began using honey instead of sugar in my sun tea. I have been making a gallon of sun tea (green tea and black) twice a week to drink. I had been cutting back the sugar over the last year and got it down to 3T/gallon. As of now I am putting in 2T honey instead. Honey is better for you (has B vitamins and other trace vitamins) and also I was told to have some LOCAL honey daily to help alleviate my allergies.

06-09-2008, 04:54 PM
Yesterday I had my husband buy me a (purple!) bike helmet, so now there is no real reason I can't get out some every day on my bike for exercise. This is an important (though small) change, because I really do not like walking, and I hate running, and it's easy to find excuses for not doing a cardio workout when I don't like the available activities.

06-09-2008, 05:02 PM
I moved my jog time to the morning. It's hot, hot, hot and humid this week, and I know if I don't get the jog done in the morning when it is cooler, I won't do it.

06-09-2008, 05:05 PM
a couple of months ago i switched from regular coke to diet coke and i am now working on switching from diet cokes to water. it may seem like a small thing to some people, but it's HARD!

06-09-2008, 05:20 PM
The week has only just begun, so I have some leeway here, right? :)

One thing I've been doing the last few weeks is trying to park further away from wherever it is I'm going. It's not as easy now that the weather is getting sooo hot, but I'm trying to keep it up. Even walking across the parking lot is better than parking right by the front door.


06-09-2008, 05:21 PM
this is silly probably but i have started walking to the tram stop instead of getting in the car to the park n ride.

it adds about 20 minutes walking to my day now!

06-09-2008, 05:22 PM
Hello everyone! I am new to this site and have recently started the Medifast diet. Anyone else on this diet? Comments? suggestions?:p

06-09-2008, 06:39 PM
This is a bit silly but I quit adding cheese to my sandwiches to decrease calories.

06-09-2008, 07:05 PM
I think the leaving off cheese thing is a great example of how something LITTLE can make a BIG difference. It all adds up, crazycurls!

Great changes guys, keep it up!

06-09-2008, 07:31 PM
None of those changes seem silly to me, more walking, less chemicals being drank, less fat on the sandwich, making it more convenient to exercise. All good.

As for me I am drinking more water. Kind of got away from that for a while, too easy to grab a soda. :rain:

06-09-2008, 07:38 PM
I make my meals ahead of time. If the meal is already made and portioned out then all I have to do is grab something when I'm hungry.

I don't stand in front of the fridge or cupboard trying to decided what to eat...if I can't make a decision in 30 seconds I grab some water instead and come back when I have a better idea of what I want.

06-09-2008, 07:40 PM
Mommie27, that's a wonderful idea of just getting some water and coming back when you know what you want. I am going to start doing that cause alot of the time, I will just stand there and ponder on what I want.

06-09-2008, 07:41 PM
this is silly probably but i have started walking to the tram stop instead of getting in the car to the park n ride.

it adds about 20 minutes walking to my day now!

Not silly at all! A couple months ago I stopped buying a parking pass at the garage downtown where the trolley picks up passengers for free and brings them across the bridge. Now I park half a mile from my building where there's no trolley service and walk to and from every day. It adds a mile to my cardio every day, and it saves me $15 a month. ;)

06-09-2008, 08:27 PM
I know this one is weird but I have organized the songs on my IPod so that I stay energized when I am working out.... I have a pretty good idea of when I start to lag on the treadmill or crossramp - so I checked out the time on my songs and arranged them so at about the 35 minute mark, I have 3 or 4 really super upbeat/fast tempo/lots of bass type songs that really keep me going for the last part of my cardio.

Also - I have started finding Mediterranean recipes that sound good and have started making them - lots of veggies and fruits and if it seems like it calls for quite a bit of oil - I have been cutting it in half and it all has turned out really tasty.

It may not seem like much - but - every little bit is supposed to count. :^:

06-09-2008, 08:31 PM
All of you are making such great changes. I am going to adapt some of the changes to my life. Thanks for the ideas.

I have started going to bed earlier every night. I have heard that getting enough sleep helps with weight loss. I had been staying up until about 3am every night. Each night I am going to bed a little earlier than the night before. Last night I got to bed by 11pm. I am hoping to be getting in bed by 10pm in the next week or two.

06-10-2008, 01:05 AM
These are all so helpful to read.

Mine would be that I started spreading my grocery shopping throughout the week instead of doing it all in one big punch per week. This way I 1)walk to and from the store and 2)don't end up with tons of food in the house at once.

06-10-2008, 01:36 AM
I made BIG changes (giving up fast food, packing a lunch every day) and little changes. Some of my little changes:

1. I always get the small size now. In the past, I had to have the Venti, I had to have the super size, I had to have the biggest. Now, I deliberately always order the smallest size.

2. I work on the third floor and always take the stairs.

3. I always measure high-calorie foods that are hard for me to estimate portions - pasta, rice, salad dressing, nuts, dried fruit. It's been 3 years, I still measure my granola, every morning I eat it.

06-10-2008, 01:51 AM
1. I always get the small size now. In the past, I had to have the Venti, I had to have the super size, I had to have the biggest. Now, I deliberately always order the smallest size.Oh I really like this. I usually order the large of things like drinks because it's more cost effective (and I drink diet or tea) but it's spread over into other things. I like the idea of deliberately ordering a "small". You can always go order another if you want more, right? But I"m betting that by the time you've finished a small, you're satisfied most of the time.

I"m going to start doing this for sure!


06-10-2008, 02:45 PM
My little change today is:

A lot of mornings I have a kashi waffle with 1T peanut butter and 1 T grape jam on it for breakfast. This morning, instead of the sugary jam, I put a small handful of fresh organic blueberries on top of the peanut butter. Much healthier!

06-10-2008, 02:56 PM
I quit drinking pop, thats still a hard one for me.. sometimes I slip, but I am always conscious of it and get right back at 'er!

Another little change is that I'm bringing my lunch to work at least 3 times a week, I only work 4 days a week, that makes a HUGE difference. Also it's easy to fool yourself into taking it all 4... :)


06-10-2008, 07:42 PM
My change today was to hook the kid trailer to my bicycle and pick up my son from the sitters rather than drive. 25 minutes round trip, 231 calories! I've been scared to do it, my hubby is the one who tows our little guy. Today I just sucked up, did it and discovered it's fine.

I love my cute little race car but despise driving short petty distances. The bike will totally replace the stop and go downtown driving saving me gas and helping my fitness a little bit.

06-10-2008, 08:06 PM
My change today was no soda - not even the little "half-size" can that I brought into work - just in case I absolutely had to have one..... I quit drinking regular soda a long time ago and have been drinking diet - but - I am going to start working on tapering off of the soda....

I love reading everyone's entries - there are so many good ideas that I have picked up - I am going to shoot for "stealing" an idea at least once a week.... I bet I could trade in some bad habits for good ones.....

06-10-2008, 10:09 PM
Yesterday and today I've made sure I got in at least one serving of fruit. I get the veggies in but as much as I love fruit somehow I don't plan it in.

06-11-2008, 07:05 AM
One thing this week for me is that I've started drinking decaf green tea instead of decaf coffee. I've found that it really helps stop the urge to keep eating. With the coffee I use splenda and I've found that I need to eat something after having splenda to get the sweet taste out of my mouth.

Also, I start to do my stretches right when I wake up even before getting out of bed - it's a great way to start the morning.

This is such a great thread, Lynn.

06-11-2008, 12:21 PM
Last night I made a delicious meal with a new recipe for a BBQ sauce--- I grilled the chicken, potatoes and broccoli, laid it all on my plate-- and realized that I just was NOT a huge fan of the chicken and didn't want to force myself to eat it (it wasn't bad, just not great). I knew I had a whole pineapple in the fridge that I wanted to eat before it got bad, so I ate half the chicken and ::gasp:: LEFT THE REST! I am a horrible "eat everythong on your plate" person.

And it was great. I didn't starve to death! surprise! :)

06-11-2008, 12:53 PM
A small change from dinner last night:

We had london broil on the grill, also grilled veggies and mashed taters. Usually I have a lot of taters. This time I actually had about 1/4c of taters and whenever I wanted more, I grabbed more grilled veggies instead. I ended up eating a lot of zucchini!

06-11-2008, 03:45 PM
I have a little change from last night as well...

Instead of stopping to pick up something to eat on my way home from work, it was late, not into cooking, but can't go to bed without food! So I came home and had some pasta salad I'd made on Sunday! Thats huge for me! The late nights are definitely my down fall!


06-11-2008, 08:14 PM
My change is not huge - but this morning - even though I could have gotten a closer place- I parked farther out and between walking into work and leaving work - probably got in about 2/3 of a mile - unfortunately I was in rather high heels today...must remember to think ahead. This morning it was not bad - this afternoon....well, it goes into the "Not So Much" category.

06-12-2008, 01:44 AM
Today at the grocery store I parked far away even though there were available spots closer AND I brought the cart back to the cart return instead of leaving it. :)