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02-17-2013, 02:05 AM
This may have been discussed before in another thread but as we all try to lose weight and get healthier and fitter, we learn things that work and don't work for our bodies (and mindsets). If you could go back in time to the beginning of your weightless journey and give yourself some pointers what would they be?

My top 3 would be:

1. Always eat breakfast
2. No amount of exercise is a substitute for a proper diet
3. Plan your treats

02-17-2013, 02:18 AM
All fast food meals have 2-3 times as many calories as a similiarly sized homemade equivalent.

Sitting around makes you more tired, not less so.

02-17-2013, 02:27 AM
When you stop losing weight for a significant amount of time, get your thyroid checked and do not give up!
Eat less pasta (even whole wheat)
Eat a larger breakfast, regular lunch, and smaller dinner
Do not substitute healthy snacks for homemade goodies!

02-17-2013, 02:37 AM
smaller portions goes a long way!

02-17-2013, 04:10 AM
Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full.

April Snow
02-17-2013, 03:15 PM
1) find a plan that you can eat food you enjoy AND feel physically good following
2) find 3fc for support and accountability
3) don't stop

02-17-2013, 03:29 PM
Every time you think you are hungry, have a glass of water first. You are probably just thirsty!

Don't let one slip throw you off track.

02-17-2013, 03:54 PM
Don't let yourself get too hungry. If you do get really hungry, throw some protein at it.

02-17-2013, 08:49 PM
1) Hunger is not an emergency or nature's call for Doritos.

2) I really don't need that much food.

3) Don't wait until you feel like it to exercise. Just do it...you'll be glad you did.

02-18-2013, 10:17 AM
Eating does not make your problems go away.
Don't eat everything in sight over the weekend because your are going on "THE DIET" on Monday.

02-18-2013, 10:53 AM
Don't worry about what you will look like after you lose the weight.
Stop thinking that it is impossible to lose the weight.
Don't look at the big picture, just focus on one pound at a time.

02-18-2013, 10:53 AM
Don't wait for "tomorrow" to get back on track when you slip.

When you feel hungry and you've just eaten, take a five minute break and just breathe. Have a glass of water or tea. Reassess whether you're really hungry after that.

The "hungry ME" who demands treats and food has NO CONTROL over my hands and mouth. It may shout all it wants, but my MIND has control over what I actually pick up and eat. If I can take a few minutes and breathe, and realize that the two are separate, it is much easier to resist her ranting, or to calm her with expectations of healthy on-plan eating later. She doesn't want to starve, and I understand that. She needs to realize that I do indeed understand that, and then she calms down some.

02-18-2013, 12:01 PM
1.) The food is not running away. You don't have to have it all in one sitting.

2.) Stick with it. Even if you're not perfect all the time, just try to be stick to plan most of the time. Don't give up.

3.) Plan ahead. You can have anything, but that doesn't mean you should have everything.

4.) Stay hydrated, hunger feels a lot like thirst.

02-18-2013, 09:08 PM
1. Pay attention to why you want to eat. Perhaps you'd rather do something else that is less destructive. :)

2. It's OK to leave food on your plate. Really... even if you paid for it. You can walk away from it.

3. Purchase treats in single servings -- eat it and be done with it. Don't keep bags of candy in the house. If you want ice cream or a cookie, go out to a shop or bakery and puchase one -- just one.

4. Don't eat in the car. Keep your seat upholstry clean and enjoy not having to vacuum out the crumbs so often.

02-19-2013, 10:38 AM
1. Eating off plan might make you feel good short term, but it really stinks long term.

2. DON'T GIVE UP! you cheat, you have a bad day, life happens, move on, get right back on the wagon and keep on moving.

3. Stop eating when you are full regardless of what's left on the plate or how great it tastes. That next bite is not worth the feeling of being over stuffed!

02-19-2013, 12:14 PM
- Don't let the scale determine how you feel/act (in the past I would give up as soon as the initial water weight and big rush at the beginning ended and then it changed to "only" losing 1-3lb/week. I would think "I'm not doing all this just to lose a measly 1 to 3 pounds a week" and then start eating like crazy again)

02-19-2013, 12:26 PM
I was depressed about gaining 5lbs in a week. I posted on another site. One reply said 1lbs of fat is an extra 3500 calories. So 5lbs of fat is an extra 17,500 calories. She said you did not eat an extra 17,500 calories last week. So it is probably water weight. Don't fret you are probably retaining water. Watch your sodium and drink more water.

So long story short if you gain wt quickly and have not eating thousands of extra calories think water gain.

I agree with a Previous poster often when you are thirsty your body tells you you are hungry. I know I was constantly dehydrated that my body tried to get fluid wherever it could. I find when I am hydrated I am less hungry.

02-19-2013, 12:46 PM
I'm going to do a top ten. :D

1. Read labels and become familiar with proper portion sizes
2. Always look up the calories when eating out, and when in doubt eat only half the plate
3. Avoid most overly-processed foods, especially those with added sugar
4. Don't let peers intimidate you into poor choices; you don't have to eat x just because so-and-so is
5. Hunger is not an emergency
6. Being satisfied does not mean being stuffed
7. Quality over quantity
8. Dessert is not a requirement to finish every meal
9. Fresh fruits and veggies aren't bland!

And most importantly . . .

10. Frosting should never be eaten with a spoon. :p

02-19-2013, 12:47 PM
1. Get on and stick with a plan for me. Not for my family. Not for my boyfriend. Not to look good in a swimsuit. Not for all the reasons society says we should. But for me.
2. Losing weight consists of counting calories and for some of us carbs. Doesn't matter what diet plan you're on, at the end of the day, it's about calories taken in versus calories burned.
3. Take pictures and keep records. When you hit a plateau, pull them out and remind yourself how far you've come.

traci in training
02-19-2013, 01:20 PM
1. Exercise feels great and accelerates my weight loss.
2. Measure things once a week. My husband finds this funny but it keeps me honest with myself. Reminds me exactly what a tablespoon of peanut butter and a cup of pasta looks like.
3. Eat whole as much as possible. Processing adds salt sugar and other stuff I don't want or need.
4. Be as kind to yourself as you can. Pep talks are better than *** chewings!

traci in training
02-19-2013, 01:21 PM
Forgot the most important thing! Track your food!!!

02-24-2013, 08:28 PM
It's not nearly as hard as you think it is.
A year will come and go anyway, whether you are fat or in process, how would you rather be?
A month from now, you are going to love exercising, but you have to stick with it.

02-25-2013, 01:34 AM
And most importantly . . .

10. Frosting should never be eaten with a spoon. :p

Neither should Nutella...though a tablespoon on a banana makes a great breakfast. :)

Pink Hurricane
02-25-2013, 11:16 AM
*Do not deprieve myself of food, eat in moderation
*Exercise and fitness is important for toning and my ticker
*Don't undereat, you will always binge later if you do
*You don't have to drink 9 gallons of water a day, 64-72 oz is plenty, drink when you're thirsty
*Listen to my body more, it's saying more than I realize
*Measure calories correctly, overestimating calories never hurt too much!