B-Fast (9:30/10ish)- Cheerios, Banana Snack (130/2ish)- Fruit, some triscuits
Mikearoo, all you are doing until dinner is carbs. That is what I was doing and wondering why the pounds did not come off. Get some protein in there. Turkey sausage and bacon, egg beaters, cottage cheese. The carbs need to be things like whole wheat bread and oatmeal.
And the late night snacking was hard to give up. But I am at -10 since January.
For breakfest you should make an omeltte. I make omlettes with on whole egg, three egg whites and onions and green peppers. I just joined weight watchers last week....so hopefully that works out. I want to lose 30 pounds before bonnaroo. I let myself go and need to get on top of things again. Good luck to everyone else too!
Ssssssssssssso, its been about a week now. Ive joined a gym as mentioned earlier and am doing strictly cardio for now. Treadmill and Elipitical. Havent had a sip of vodka since saturday, and ive decided to only induldge in that on saturdays, and as hard as it is, i havent a beer since Sunday night, and then it was only one. My friend Ashley said it best, "if your going to drink, drink to get drunk, and dont drink one or two beers just for the sake of having a beer"
Ive also changedmy eating habits and what i eat slightly. Ive taken some of your alls wonderful advice and added more protein and more calories earlier in the day. I did buy some Egg Beaters, and breakfast has been consisting of Egg Beaters, cottage cheese, oatmeal, some V8 and a banana. My gym has a protein smoothie bar that i get after my workout to replace some of the calories burned right after im done. Lunch and snacks have pretty much stayed the same during the day, and at night im not drinkin, and not induldging in bad late night snacks. If anything, i will have some Yogurt and Granola about a half hour-45 minutes before i go to bed. Not drinking beer at night, i am drinking more water, which is making me get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, which is annoying, but i guess its better than drinking and eating bad food before bed.
I'm weighing in tomorrow to see if a week made a difference.
Your body will get used to the extra water. I almost never have to pee in the middle of the night anymore and sometimes I'll drink a full glass within an hour before bedtime.
Reading this thread has inspired me to improve my habits. It's soooo easy to fall off. For the past few days I've been having more for breakfast - oatmeal with craisins and walnuts added + yogurt, very little caffeine during the day and none after 2:30pm and making sure I get between 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep every night. But other than that, I've been basically just living my life.
And today - total non-scale victory. When it came time for lunch, I was hungry but not STARVING and so got just 1 sushi roll and some fresh pineapple. I was able to eat slowly and really enjoy my food and I was stuffed afterwards. Then had some light popcorn around 4pm (whole grain!) so I won't be STARVING by the time I get home.
I really think the sleep and less caffeine that's done it. I'm able to get up easily in the morning so can actually remember to grab the yogurt. Wasn't exhausted after work so went to the grocery store even though it was completely out of my way. Wasn't hungry at the grocery store so I didn't buy crap. AND I'm able to figure out what to wear quickly so I can get dressed in less time. Call me a convert.
See coffee is one thing i wanna cut out or down. I usually drink a cup round noon, and one around now (only cause its my break and im still at work). But speaking of inspriation from this thread, im not going to have this cup of coffee right now, and tomorrow as well, and see how that works out.
Mike - part of the other problem I see with your schedule is you eating so late - what time do you hit the bed - you have togive yourself enough time to work off what you ate - if you are going to bed at 11 p.m. after eating at 9 p.m. - that is not good - you should wake up hungry in the morning - not starving - but hungry when you wake up
I actually think you should eat a meal of slow digesting protein about 30 minutes before bed, probably a dairy product, cottage cheese is excellent if you like that. What you DO NOT WANT i'd say for the 4 hours before bed is CARBS. If people just maintained these carb cutoffs i would expect them to lose some weight. So if you are going to bed at 1 no carbs after 9. Also carbs are the body's main source of energy, so if you are doing a low carb diet you have to replace those carbs with protein. I think 1 gram per lb is a good goal for the average person, with athletes looking at 1.5 and bodybuilders being around 2 if you want to gain. Another thing is that within the 1-2 hours after working out is the most important time to get your body nutrients. Even if you are on low carbs i think its vital to get at least 30g of carbs post workout. I'd go with carbs and a protein shake immediately after your cardio, then a meal about an hour after that. Also the best time to do cardio is immediately after you wake up before you eat anything. If you have money to spare i think bcaa's are a great thing to get for before your morning cardio, helping with ketosis. Low impact cardio is best for burning fat, walking or biking, something like that. I am currently bulking up to 200, then i want to lean out a bit down to 190, and hopefully be around 210 for bonnaroo. I know that at 5'6 and 195 i already have trouble carrying around all this weight for a day, so i am not looking forward to that part of roo' for sure.
Had some encourging results on the scale today. Nothing signifigant, but just enought to want to continue and be successful. Man, that beer tomorrow is going to be DELICIOUS! Especially after a day of skiing.
Post by Steel_City_X on Mar 1, 2009 3:12:29 GMT -5
Greetings, I too have developed a little too much signs of prosperity around my mid section. I confess I like food. I too need to lose some weight, not sure how much I want to lose, but I need to get into a healthier routine. Sound like my milk and graham crackers at bedtime might not be the healthiest thing.
Had my yogurt and granola for breakfast. Need to ride my bike today. I also want to try walking to work more often. Yes, I actually could walk the 12,000 feet to my office, long enough to be good and would be a good prep for roo.
I was a twig growing up and miss being able to eat anything and everything I wanted. Too bad I have a desk job. I believe that this is the root of my issues. I am not active during the day.
Now that the sun is appearing in the sky again, maybe I'll get out and about more. I am too much like a bear and hibernate in the winter. I guess the bear is better, because it does not continue to eat like I do through the winter.
So I didn't really have anything going on this weekend and decided I could use a little detox. However, I was NOT going to go all-liquid or anything like that. Have tried that, barely lasted 6 hours and then binged. Plus I hated the lack of energy.
What I did this weekend was cut out all alcohol, meat, dairy, non-whole grains, sugar or salt. Limited my fats to just a teaspoon or so of olive oil for sautes and I tried to go without as much as possible. Naturally occuring sugar or fat didn't count (ate walnuts and fruit) and I limited my artificial sweetener to just what's in my oatmeal packet (okay, there's sodium there, too) and yogurt (oh, wait - that's dairy. Duh! I thought I was being so careful!). And drank as much water as usual (which is tons, 64oz is my minimum).
And I lost 4 1/2 pounds. I don't really believe the scale because that's just a huge jump for just 2 1/3 days (I started Friday dinner). But then maybe it's just a wake-up call to my body that I eat too many processed foods.
I did find it reeeeeeeally hard to go without salt. Several of my dishes would have been 10,000 times better with a few shakes, but really - they were just fine without.
And I didn't even think about counting calories. Whenever I was hungry, I ate. If I wanted a snack, I had an apple or a mango. For meals, it was maybe some beans sauteed with spinach and garlic and served over those new Kashi packets (OMG - if you haven't tried them, you must. No added anything, has a good amount of protein and you can microwave it!). Or a sweet potato with a saute of mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions, jalapenos, garlic over w/garnish of cucumbers and cilantro. I did cheat last night and had some whole grain blend pasta, not 100%. But it's what I had in the house, it was snowing and I couldn't face the thought of more grains. But my sauce was mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and garlic and just the oil I sauteed in and it was so delish - didn't even care about the lack of salt or cheese (and actually, it was better for the lack of cheese).
Anyway, that's my report. I'll let you know if the weight loss sticks and if I can stick to the fresh and whole foods outside of my little experiment!
Post by bojangles22 on Mar 2, 2009 12:35:39 GMT -5
I sure wish this winter would just go and get out of here so i can ride some trails without freezing to death or getting that 'excersize in the cold' type of athsma, what is with that anywhay?
After my valentines day dui I have pretty much given up on drinking beer or any alcohol. I am now a gym member and I am going to try and hit it hard today. I have been eating a healthy breakfast and sometimes a healthy lunch, and nothing after 7pm. I wake up in the morning earlier because I'm fantasizing about the two eggs and chedder grits I am about to eat.
5'7 197 pounds two weeks ago. Im going to weigh myself real quick to see if ive lost anything at all in two weeks.
^drinking more water, light exercise, counting calories
It's going to take me well over a year to lose all the weight I want to, if I do it in a healthy manner. Thats the part that i struggle with, is the waiting. I mean, i know I can do it, but sticking with it for so long is tough.
I think a good way to stick with it is to set small goals for yourself. Like maybe 7 lbs in 4 or weeks that way it's easy to hit your goal and you get that encouragement regularly that you need, and once you hit one goal you can make another one right away.
Im doing 5 out of 7 days for 50 minutes each time. I think i'm eating great, eating back all my exercise calories, and im really proud of the non-drinkage of alcoholic beverages during the week. Plus, it makes the beer im going to drink when i go out tonight more of a delicious reward, and something to look forward to rewarding myself for. I was drinking a few shot of vodka and a couple of beers a night. Im only drinking vodka on Saturdays as a treat, and beer on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday through Thursday night no alcohol. I'm thinking of having a mid week beer to enjoy Lost on Wednesday nights.