100 lb. Club - What is the single biggest change you've made?




FunKristin
11-12-2005, 09:59 PM
To reach your weight loss goal? My doctor suggested when I got pregnant with my second child that I only drink water. She said that it will help a lot in cutting calories and that she prefers to eat her calories rather than drinking them. I tried this and managed t gain only 17lbs with my second child. A huge difference over the 60 I gained with my first. So what is the biggest change you have made? Or the one that made the biggest impact in your diet?


DishyFishy
11-12-2005, 10:37 PM
The biggest change I've made is eating a breakfast. I could never face food first thing on a morning, but I'd read so much about what a difference it makes, I figured I'd better give it a whirl. I eased into it gently with banana shakes, then graduated to a high fibre/protein cereal with dried fruit and skimmed milk. I spend about 350 kcals on it which I consider to be an excellent investment. If I skip breakfast, I definitely eat much more later in the day.

YP1
11-13-2005, 03:17 AM
My biggest change is regular exercise. My diet was never wholly bad before, my portion control was out but I generally didn't really eat junk and always drank water in preference to fizzy drinks. But exercise and just a bit more control over what I eat have done wonders. (and within exercise, the biggest impact came from I switched from mainly swimming to mainly running).


WinterWonder
11-13-2005, 09:25 AM
Everthing about my new lifestyle feels like a complete change. I also only drink water. I now eat within an hour of waking up. I used to wait until at least noon to eat. I've added daily exercise. I used to consider exercise walking from the couch to the computer chair. What has had the biggest effect on my weight loss? I don't know yet. Unfortunately, I haven't moved from my current weight. Perhaps the change that will make all the difference is still waiting for me to find it.

dragonwoman64
11-13-2005, 01:02 PM
I'd have to go with regular exercise too. It took me a while to get into the pattern. Now I feel weird if I don't do it.

jmacway
11-13-2005, 01:07 PM
The biggest change for me has been the, Awarness of what I am doing: what I'm eating, have I walked enough, am I getting enough water, am I full, am I mindlessly eating?
DH is more aware of the lifestyle change I am making.

kykaree
11-13-2005, 02:56 PM
My biggest change is thinking. In particular thinking BEFORE I eat. I had a basically healthy diet, with some huge lapses, mostly when stressed or homesick. I had few friends and was quite lonely. I have always been pretty much ok with my eating, or so I thought, until I really analysed it and realised that it's when I am alone I do my worst eating.

Now I ask myself "is it hunger?" before I eat outside mealtimes. If the answer is no it's either off to the gym, on to the phone or internet, or ironing!!!

I have accumulated a load of friends, at the pool, the gym and on line, some of these friendships have become very important to me, and I now feel a lot more connected and at peace.

Hilary
11-13-2005, 04:02 PM
My biggest change was eating breakfast, too. I'm just not hungry when I get up, and I would have days where it would be 6 or 7 at night before I actually ate something (makes one wonder how I could manage to gain over 40 pounds in the last two years lol).

Sheila53
11-13-2005, 05:02 PM
Like many others, getting regular exercise is my biggest change. Now it's become pretty automatic, and I get a little freaked out when I have to change my exercising schedule (like I'll have to do this week) to accommodate other things in my life.

ScarlettDrawl
11-13-2005, 05:38 PM
I won't lie. I don't do anything perfectly. I exercise semi-regularly; but there are days (maybe more than one in a row) where I don't do a thing. I drink water often; but there are days where I really don't drink much of it. I eat breakfast most of the week; but sometimes I'm not hungry and I refuse to force myself to eat. I'm a perfect machine with imperfect habits that I am working to change. So I will say that the "single biggest" change for me is simply working to change/ working to instill better habits. I didn't develop all my bad habits and one day. It would be ridiculous for me to be surprised that, 2 months into my weight loss endeavor, good habits aren't exactly second nature yet. But then again, I'm getting better everyday. This may not make the most sense to anyone else, but for me writing this and sharing it helps to stop beating myself up for my imperfections. I'm trying and I'm extremely proud of that.

mousie
11-13-2005, 06:38 PM
I've been thinking about this all day, and now I know what my answer is. My biggest change is NOT GIVING UP. In the past I have gotten quickly frustrated/overwhelmed/distracted, and thrown in the towel. This time...I just keep going. I gain 2.0 one week; so what, I keep going. I maintain two weeks in a row; so what, I keep going. I have one really indulgent meal; so what, I keep going. This persistance is new to me, but not unwelcome.

It has been very slow going, this time. I've lost 13 pounds, and it's taken me 14 weeks to do it. However, I'm not too terribly concerned with how long it's taking. Instead I'm just writing down facts and figures, and trying to make decisions that get me closer to my goal. What's my rush, anyway? Not like I have to be a certain size by a certain date or my life as I know it will end. So, I just keep going. :)

missaprylj
11-13-2005, 11:38 PM
I joined Curves. I can't say yet that this is going to be "the time" I do it, but I have a feeling if it is, Curves is going to have had a lot to do w/ it. ;)

goalnorolls
11-14-2005, 08:58 AM
My biggest change- sticking with it.

I realized that it is truly one meal at a time. Its something I have to think about. So I won't get down on myself for having chocolate or getting fed up with the foods. I basically stay on program all week and have a free day on saturday. This is going to work for me and I can feel it. If things get to overwhelming I don't look at the end I look at what I've learned about myself in just 25 lbs. I was going to lose the first 30 and then get a gym membership but I couldn't wait to help my body metabolize.

Sandi
11-14-2005, 09:05 AM
Great posts everyone!! Thanks for reminding me that exercise is such an important part of this!!

lucky
11-14-2005, 09:28 AM
My biggest change has been my attitude. I don't think of eating healthily or limiting my portions as a sacrafice. I've given up my "all or nothing" mentality. I don't consider myself on a "diet" (although I use the term for lack of a better word sometimes). I don't create strict rules by which to lose weight and I don't set unreasonable goals. I still struggle with judging myself to harshly sometimes but I've gotten much better about it over time.

All of these little attitude adjustments have made things like eating right and exercising fall into place.

synger
11-14-2005, 11:26 AM
I'm with Mousie and Goals. My biggest change this time around is to focus on the long-term and really fight the discouragement I get when I don't lose "fast enough" or "consistently enough." EVERY other time I've done this, I've been "good" for a few months, seen some easy loses, and given up when it got hard.

My struggle now is to trust my body -- this wonderous lump of flesh that I both love and loathe, that I've always considered an enemy. It is not. It is doing as God designed it to do. And if I were in a famine situation, I'd probably be one of the fortunate ones who could survive on very little. But in this abundance of food around us, my body has MORE than enough to live off of and then some. That's how I got so heavy. So, logically, if I am more careful about my portions and the types of foods I choose to eat and exercise more, slowly but surely my body WILL DO what it's supposed to do and burn the excess as fuel.

It's the "slowly but surely" that I struggle with. One pound a week is my goal. It's discouraging to see people losing more than that, more consistently than I am. But over time, it's working. One pound a week is over 50 pounds lost in a year. So I look ahead to next year, rather than just next week. Next week, I may have water gain. Next week, I may have gained from a few poor choices, or a glass of wine that makes me swell, or TOM, or the fact that it's a full moon. Who knows what the scale takes into consideration?

But next year, there will be 50 pounds gone, based on the choices I make today. Looking at it as a long-term journey, where each step leads to the next waystation, has really helped me keep going this time.

Burgie
11-14-2005, 01:50 PM
I have always been an athlete, so exercise was never a problem. My biggest realization is that I am more aware of my food choices. I can survive on small portions and still enjoy food. I have the attitude of eating mindfully to fuel my body ranther than mindlessly eat a bunch of junk.

barbygirl43
11-14-2005, 04:03 PM
I gave up regular pop and switched to diet would be a big one. I no longer miss it. Water was never an issue with me. Some days I may drink over a gallon while others I may have 1 small glass.

I agree that exercise would be a big change to help keep you on track. I'm hoping to get it back to being where I have to have it or my day isn't complete real soon.

phantastica
11-14-2005, 08:08 PM
To reach your weight loss goal? My doctor suggested when I got pregnant with my second child that I only drink water. She said that it will help a lot in cutting calories and that she prefers to eat her calories rather than drinking them.
This makes perfectly good sense! I'm going to incorporate this goal for a week.

irishgreengables
11-15-2005, 10:19 AM
I think the biggest change for me is that I only eat food I know I will really and truly enjoy -- and that means if it is a food that will give me a headache or belly ache (like most restaurant food), I don't eat it. If the taste is only mediochre, like most chain restaurant food, I don't eat it. This has helped me avoid mindless eating.

dragonwoman64
11-15-2005, 12:56 PM
I think the biggest change for me is that I only eat food I know I will really and truly enjoy -- and that means if it is a food that will give me a headache or belly ache (like most restaurant food), I don't eat it. If the taste is only mediochre, like most chain restaurant food, I don't eat it. This has helped me avoid mindless eating.

This has helped me too.

AnnieFannie
11-15-2005, 01:12 PM
I gave up regular pop and switched to diet would be a big one. I no longer miss it.

I agree with you. I gave up regular soda at the beginning of the year and I don't really miss it. A couple of times I tried to drink a regular Coke and boy did it not taste good to me. Through trying some different diet sodas, I have found that there a few different ones that I like so I don't have to be bored drinking just one diet soda. I usually only have 1 diet soda a week. I would say that's a good thing for me considering I used to drink atleast 2 regular sodas in a day.