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Old 05-25-2017, 04:45 PM   #1  
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Default I'm new here. Hello, 30-somethings!

Full confession to follow. TL;DR, skip to the bottom for goals.

Hey there 30-Somethings, I'm completely new here. I joined because I need to lose about 40 pounds to get back to a healthy BMI, and forums have helped me get my act together in the past.

I'm 32, a mother of two, and I was doing really well last July when I lost about 20lbs. Since then I have gained it all back. I need to get back to my old routine and try to make my progress and lifestyle changes stick permanently. I'm currently 200 lbs and 5'7", and I want to get back to 160, which is the last weight I really felt fit. I would really like to get down to 150 or 140, but I'm not sure if that will be possible with my frame.

I've got bad habits in the food choices I make, the amounts I consume, and the amount of snacking I do. I'm a stress eater. Compounding the issue, I make my living as an author, and I do a lot of sitting when I'm not doing the stay at home mom stuff. I have a walking desk, but haven't been great about using it.

So, it's nice to meet you all, and I hope to get to know some of you better over time! Thanks for keeping me accountable!

So, here are my goals:

1) Start using my walking desk 3 days a week.

2) Religiously track my calories.

3) Stop unhealthy snacking between meals. ("unhealthy" defined as binging on foods I know I shouldn't be eating)

4) Read this forum daily, even if I don't post anything new.
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Old 06-06-2017, 12:31 PM   #2  
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Awesome!!! Look forward to following your results. I personally started a new program as my wife made me. after our 2nd child she have gained over 50 pounds. Her friends got her an amazing program and in 3 months she was able to drop half that weight. She's now got me doing my first 30 day system....so far so good, down 12 pounds and really feeling the energy boom!!
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:06 PM   #3  
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Welcome! I am lucky enough to be a teacher which keeps me really active. Your goals sound really good and maintainable! My one piece of advice would maybe be to pre-plan what you're having for a snack. I get in trouble when I don't have anything planned, get busy with work, and then suddenly I'm starving so I find myself reaching for a candy bar or something convenient. Also, I have a tupperware of cherry tomatoes that I take to work, and I eat those whenever I feel like munching on something. That helps break the habit of reaching for candy or chips. Also, if you can plan a snack that you REALLY enjoy (as opposed to something boring like celery and peanut butter), that will also help prevent you from binge eating, because you'll look forward to your healthy snack!

Hope that helps and good luck! <3
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great job!
I'm new too...but encouraging you as well
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:20 PM   #5  
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Hi there! I am also in my 30s (33) with two kiddos! I am 5'5" and I started at 243 and have lost 20lbs since May. I would love to get down to 150 and then reevaluate from there. At one point in my adult life I did weigh 135 but not sure if that is realistic at this point. Just trying to take it day by day right now and lose 2lbs or so a week.
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You have some awesome goals. In addition to that, I would suggest trying intermittent fasting. This way you can gradually go into your journey without getting too overwhelmed.
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Nice to meet you! Iím new here as well!
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Old 05-18-2022, 10:14 PM   #8  
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Red face Weight Loss Tips

KEEP JUNK OUT OF SIGHT

They say " out of sight, out of mind' definitely applies here - you're more likely to eat
unhealthy food when surround by junk and processed foods. Make sure that those unhealthy
food items are out of the house to increase the odds of reaching your weight loss goals.



PRACTICE MINDFUL EATING

Studies have shown that adopting a mindful eating habit increase your chances of making
healthy, lasting behavioral changes. Take time to enjoy what you eat and appreciate its ability
to nourish you. It will improve your relationship with food and may even help stop binge eating.
Read - Weight loss: 5 foods that detox your body & burn belly fat in just 1 day
without dieting or exercising.


SET REALISTIC GOALS

While focusing on nutritious foods has many health benefits, your weight loss goals may backfire
if you try to lose weight too quickly. Research shows that obese people who expect to lose a lot of
weight are more likely to drop off the weight loss program. Set realistic plans to increase your
chances of staying on track.



FLEXIBILITY IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

It is likely that you'll need a certain degree of flexibility regardless of which dieting approach
you pick - since most since most diets will require some compromise. All it takes is being more
conscious of food choices in the days before or after special occasion, perhaps, you can increase
your exercise levels to counter any excesses.



DONT FORGET TO EXERCISE

Remember, diet and exercise go hand in hand especially if your goal is to lose weight. Research
has shown that making both dietary and physical activity changes at the same time will help you
see great results . You cannot expect to achieve your fitness goals fast by doing one and ignoring
the other - its as simple as that!
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