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Denise4925
Jun 21st, 2006, 10:57 PM
I thought it would be so hard to quit smoking after 25 years, but compared to losing 30 pounds, it was a piece of cake. I'm on a very low carb diet. I take metabolic boosters and fat busters, exercise at least 30 minutes everyday and I've been on the plan for 16 days and I've only lost 5 pounds. I'm so frustrated. Anybody have any advice or encouragement? I've shortened my goal to 10 pounds and if I can get that off, I'll work on the next 10 pounds. But geeze this hard.

LoveFifteen
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:02 PM
I thought it would be so hard to quit smoking after 25 years, but compared to losing 30 pounds, it was a piece of cake. I'm on a very low carb diet. I take metabolic boosters and fat busters, exercise at least 30 minutes everyday and I've been on the plan for 16 days and I've only lost 5 pounds. I'm so frustrated. Anybody have any advice or encouragement? I've shortened my goal to 10 pounds and if I can get that off, I'll work on the next 10 pounds. But geeze this hard.

If you are on a low carb diet, eat your carbs during the day. Avoid carbs at night.

hdfb
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:11 PM
Different people lose different amounts of weight at different rates.

Your hard work will pay off in the end. Just stick at it. ;)

LoveFifteen
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:13 PM
I've lost 30 lbs., become skinny and have a flat stomach now that I've quit eating carbs at night. I eat whatever I want during the day, but at night I avoid all carbohydrates. It's hard to do for the first month, but then it becomes habit. I will eat this way the rest of my life. It keeps me slender and it's awesome.

Martian KC
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:14 PM
I found it easier to lose weight, cos I never smoked.

PatrickRyan
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:16 PM
i have the opposite problem, im trying to put on a few pounds!

Denise4925
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:17 PM
Actually I say low carbs, but I hardly eat any carbs at all, except for whole wheat bread, one slice three times a day. Only because I need the energy. Otherwise, I don't eat white bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, sugar, carrots, corn or anything that contains sugar or starches.

Denise4925
Jun 21st, 2006, 11:18 PM
Different people lose different amounts of weight at different rates.

Your hard work will pay off in the end. Just stick at it. ;)
Thanks.

Mr_Molik
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:23 AM
you've only been going 16 days. just be patient. these things take time.

Mr_Molik
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:27 AM
5 pounds in 16 days is actually pretty good :)

MH0861
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:36 AM
Most diets fail because people don't get the results they expect right away and they give up. Just hang in there. Coming from experience, give it more time. I'm very fit and slim now and where I want to be, but it took about 3 years of gradual weight loss and a lifestyle change to get there. Besides, even if you don't see the "results", you should realize you are taking big steps to becoming healthier (though I hope all the supplements/aids/fat burners you are taking are safe), and that's what really counts. :)

selking
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:38 AM
I thought it would be so hard to quit smoking after 25 years, but compared to losing 30 pounds, it was a piece of cake. I'm on a very low carb diet. I take metabolic boosters and fat busters, exercise at least 30 minutes everyday and I've been on the plan for 16 days and I've only lost 5 pounds. I'm so frustrated. Anybody have any advice or encouragement? I've shortened my goal to 10 pounds and if I can get that off, I'll work on the next 10 pounds. But geeze this hard.

well you're only suppose to lose like 1-2 pounds a week. just stick with it

ZAK
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:39 AM
well you're only suppose to lose like 1-2 pounds a week. just stick with it

Exactly. If you were loseing weight any quicker then it'd be bad

Kaiwhakahare
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:50 AM
I thought it would be so hard to quit smoking after 25 years, but compared to losing 30 pounds, it was a piece of cake. I'm on a very low carb diet. I take metabolic boosters and fat busters, exercise at least 30 minutes everyday and I've been on the plan for 16 days and I've only lost 5 pounds. I'm so frustrated. Anybody have any advice or encouragement? I've shortened my goal to 10 pounds and if I can get that off, I'll work on the next 10 pounds. But geeze this hard.

Keep going :D

losing weight for me was alot easier then stopping the cancer stick, I geuss the simplicity is smoking is a hard habit to nut out, where as eating well and doing a few laps around the park, takes the will power (so does quitting the fag mind you)

Once you get into the habit of eating right and exercising, seems to be planted in your daily life activities! :)

darrinbaker00
Jun 22nd, 2006, 06:51 AM
you've only been going 16 days. just be patient. these things take time.
Patient? DENISE?
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Reuchlin
Jun 22nd, 2006, 07:12 AM
If you lost any more than five pounds in 16 days it would have all been water which you would simply gain back very soon. I would also ditch the fat burning pills, can't poss. be good for you. Go the nature slow way and you'll be looking sexy in no time.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jun 22nd, 2006, 07:14 AM
When I quit smoking it was pretty easy. However, it was only after 6 years.

The first two weeks flew by. But then I started to get cravings during weeks 3-5. 3 months later, I don't need them.

darrinbaker00
Jun 22nd, 2006, 07:19 AM
I thought it would be so hard to quit smoking after 25 years, but compared to losing 30 pounds, it was a piece of cake. I'm on a very low carb diet. I take metabolic boosters and fat busters, exercise at least 30 minutes everyday and I've been on the plan for 16 days and I've only lost 5 pounds. I'm so frustrated. Anybody have any advice or encouragement? I've shortened my goal to 10 pounds and if I can get that off, I'll work on the next 10 pounds. But geeze this hard.
Thirty minutes is a warmup, De, not a workout. Other than that, don't get discouraged. YOU CAN DO IT!! :bounce:

Rohin.
Jun 22nd, 2006, 07:25 AM
Thirty minutes is a warmup, De, not a workout. Other than that, don't get discouraged. YOU CAN DO IT!! :bounce:

ditto this!

Blonde_Ambition7
Jun 22nd, 2006, 07:33 AM
30 minutes for a workout may not seem like that long but it really just depends on the shape you're in. You don't want to start off doing like 2 hours a day and then burn out in a couple of weeks. 45-50 minutes would be a good increase with some of that time devoted to a quick warm up and stretching.

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 22nd, 2006, 10:30 AM
i have the opposite problem, im trying to put on a few pounds!
Then do the opposite. Eat carbs at night. Have a nutritional drink with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Don't work out as much as you use to until you get to the set weight that you desire. Trust me. You'll be Serena's size in no time.

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 22nd, 2006, 12:30 PM
I thought it would be so hard to quit smoking after 25 years, but compared to losing 30 pounds, it was a piece of cake. I'm on a very low carb diet. I take metabolic boosters and fat busters, exercise at least 30 minutes everyday and I've been on the plan for 16 days and I've only lost 5 pounds. I'm so frustrated. Anybody have any advice or encouragement? I've shortened my goal to 10 pounds and if I can get that off, I'll work on the next 10 pounds. But geeze this hard.

Denise, I have always felt that exercise and balanced diet is the key. You don't need metabolic boosters if you keep exercizing regularly. I've never been a fan of the Atkins-type low-carb diets because its dangerous if you are predisposed genetically to diabetes.

No more fried foods, or processed meats. Incorporate more vegetables into your diet and minimize dairy (eliminate butter). Especially while working out, you will need extra protein.

I don't know what type of workouts you are doing, but weight training is a great way to burn fat faster and build muscle. I'm not talking about body-building but an overall balanced weight-training program. You might want to consider hiring a personal trainer or utilize the trainer at the local fitness center.

Swimming is a great way to burn calories and is low-impact on the joints.

The number one important thing to dieting is eliminating carbonated beverages and caffeine. Drink 6-8 glasses of water minimum/day. Take a multi-vitamin.

Go girl! Keep the weight falling~!

Mother_Marjorie
Jun 22nd, 2006, 12:35 PM
Keep going :D

losing weight for me was alot easier then stopping the cancer stick, I geuss the simplicity is smoking is a hard habit to nut out, where as eating well and doing a few laps around the park, takes the will power (so does quitting the fag mind you)

Once you get into the habit of eating right and exercising, seems to be planted in your daily life activities! :)

I'm so proud you stopped smoking!

Making lifestyle changes that are positive is such a great way to enjoy life and feel cleansed. Drink tons of water. Flush the body of toxins.

BK4ever
Jun 22nd, 2006, 12:58 PM
Denise...drop the boosters. They are not necessary. I would increase the cardio to 45 mins plus stretching.

You don't need to stick to the bread just for energy. If each of your meals is balanced, you will get more than enough energy...give it a try and you'll be surprised.

What is a typical meal day for you? See mine below and I'm always jumping off the wall with energy.

Breakfast - egg white omelet with mushrooms and peppers. I also love V8 juice so I usually have a cup each day.

Snack - mozzarella chese stick (love them) get the part skimmed version

Lunch - I love salads so I usually have one filled with cherry tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, sun dried tomatoes and toasted walnuts or dried cranberries. the key is to use a low fat, low sugar dressing. Sometimes I have a snack.

Snack - walnuts or something else healthy

Dinner - usually fish or chicken, a vegetable and a small salad

Dessert - sometype of low sugar or sugar free snack

I do cardio 4-5 days a week for 1hr
I do a 30 min weight session 3 times per week
I always always stretch after each work out (some yoga or pilates moves included)

I'm not always perfect but I have a roadmap to eating healthy and anytime I get off course, I can just get right back on, because I understand whats good for me and whats not.

Also, drink lots of flat water...no carbonated...it makes you bloated :D

Good Luck...

Sam L
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:27 PM
Denise, if you want to lose weight you need to change your lifestyle. Quitting smoking is a slight lifestyle change but it's more about changing your habit. Abstinence, giving up something.

You can't give up food. You can't even just give up certain type of foods. You need to change to a balanced diet and adopt regular exercise.

So yeah, weight loss is definitely harder. I've been trying to lower by body fat for awhile now and not having a good result. I'm happy with my weight, I'm building muscle but body fat is hard.

saniafan2005
Jun 22nd, 2006, 01:43 PM
Thats true..I quit smoking long time back but still fighting to keep my weight in control...

griffin
Jun 22nd, 2006, 02:16 PM
Exactly. If you were loseing weight any quicker then it'd be bad

You're also likely to gain it right back when you stop whatever extreme diet you were on.

Long term, you're better off finding an excercize program and healthy diet you can stick with than looking for a magic bullet. But 5 punds in 16 days really is a great start (I know it's been said, but it needs repeating) ESPECIALLY if you're already dealing with quitting smoking!

Sam L
Jun 22nd, 2006, 02:43 PM
Denise, I strongly recommend you do some weights. I don't know if you are doing it already or not but go on a weights program. I GUARANTEE you it will boost your metabolism. Lose the boosters.

hablo
Jun 22nd, 2006, 02:49 PM
personnally, I don't think a low carb diet is the way to go...
I dropped over 30 pounds but it took me years (around 7 :o ) :help:
I also exercised - lots of cardio and some weights

anyhow, good luck - it takes lots of patience :angel:


You can't give up food. You can't even just give up certain type of foods. You need to change to a balanced diet and adopt regular exercise.

I agree...

and carbs are definitely not the ennemy :shrug:

Denise4925
Jun 22nd, 2006, 03:38 PM
30 minutes for a workout may not seem like that long but it really just depends on the shape you're in. You don't want to start off doing like 2 hours a day and then burn out in a couple of weeks. 45-50 minutes would be a good increase with some of that time devoted to a quick warm up and stretching.
Yes, that's what my doctor says and that's what my experience says. When I was in my 20's and early 30's I ran 3 to 4 miles a day, everyday. So, I'm not an amateur when it comes to working out. You have to work up to it, especially if you haven't run in a while. I have been playing tennis, but that's a different work out then running on the treadmill.

Thanks Daisy for the support and voice of reason regarding the work-outs.

Denise4925
Jun 22nd, 2006, 03:53 PM
Thank you all for your advice. The metabolic boosters I'm on are okay. I checked it out with my doctor. At 45, my hormones inhibit my metabolic rate and I need a little help. Plus they give me energy. So, I won't be giving them up yet. The fat burner is just a powder drink called Trimbolic, it helps burn fat and reduce cellulite. The doctor said it was okay too. My typical day consists of the following diet:

Breakfast: A Slimfast drink and half a slice of pear and 8 ounces of water during the week.

On the weekend, 2 egg whites scrambled with red pepper, a slice of whole wheat toast and a half a slice of pear.

Mid-morning snack: Trimbolic drink

Lunch: A 5 to 6 ounce serving of beef, chicken, tuna or turkey, a green salad with low-carb dressing, and a medium size (about 3 to 4 ounces) portion of green beans, broccoli and cauliflower or spinach and a slice of whole wheat bread.

Dessert: a serving of sugar free Jello

Work out when I get home 30 minutes of high-intense cardio and 15 minute cool down. I usually burn at least 400 calories during a workout (my treadmill has a calorie burn counter). I have free weights, but I haven't started my weight training yet. Just haven't gotten around to it.

Dinner: same as lunch.

Rocketta
Jun 22nd, 2006, 03:57 PM
Actually I say low carbs, but I hardly eat any carbs at all, except for whole wheat bread, one slice three times a day. Only because I need the energy. Otherwise, I don't eat white bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, sugar, carrots, corn or anything that contains sugar or starches.

Dang, girl all the stuff I love. :hearts:

well except the carots can't stand cooked carrots. :tape:

I've only been able to give up carrots and white bread but lately I've been dying for bagels and whole wheat bagels....are just 'eh'.

Anyway, good luck and keep up the good work...... I'm jealous of people who can give up those things....as I'm a sugarholic. :o :o :o

Denise4925
Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:30 PM
Dang, girl all the stuff I love. :hearts:

well except the carots can't stand cooked carrots. :tape:

I've only been able to give up carrots and white bread but lately I've been dying for bagels and whole wheat bagels....are just 'eh'.

Anyway, good luck and keep up the good work...... I'm jealous of people who can give up those things....as I'm a sugarholic. :o :o :o
I love those things too Rocketta. It's just that I can't stand this weight on me. I especially love breads, pasta and white potatoes, but I substitute the potatoes for either pumpkin or acorn squash. I prepare them like I would sweet potatoes, only I use Equal or Splenda instead of sugar, I'm allowed a tablespoon of butter a day, so if I'm having the pumpkin or acorn squash, I'll put a little butter along with a half teaspoon of vanila flavoring, a half teaspoon of lemon flavoring and some cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and then bake it at 350 for about 30 minutes. Also, if I'm making the acorn squash, I'll use a half teaspoon of almond flavoring along with everything else. It's very good. It kind of satisfies my sweet tooth, gives me a reprieve from the green veggies and makes me think I'm eating potatoes from the texture. :shrug:

-Ph51-
Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:34 PM
Never tried to quit smoking but i've lost 18 pounds easily :angel:
Now my weight is the same as Ronaldo's :lol:

Rocketta
Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:36 PM
I love those things too Rocketta. It's just that I can't stand this weight on me. I especially love breads, pasta and white potatoes, but I substitute the potatoes for either pumpkin or acorn squash. I prepare them like I would sweet potatoes, only I use Equal or Splenda instead of sugar, I'm allowed a tablespoon of butter a day, so if I'm having the pumpkin or acorn squash, I'll put a little butter along with a half teaspoon of vanila flavoring, a half teaspoon of lemon flavoring and some cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and then bake it at 350 for about 30 minutes. Also, if I'm making the acorn squash, I'll use a half teaspoon of almond flavoring along with everything else. It's very good. It kind of satisfies my sweet tooth, gives me a reprieve from the green veggies and makes me think I'm eating potatoes from the texture. :shrug:

hmm, I love white potatoes but i hate sweet potatos... I don't know why. :o

For me everything comes down to consistency...I seem to hate anything soft and mushy besides mashed potatos. :o

I can eat like spinach and even broccoli raw and in a salad but if you cook it I want no parts of it. :tape:

Denise4925
Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:54 PM
hmm, I love white potatoes but i hate sweet potatos... I don't know why. :o

For me everything comes down to consistency...I seem to hate anything soft and mushy besides mashed potatos. :o

I can eat like spinach and even broccoli raw and in a salad but if you cook it I want no parts of it. :tape:
Really?? :lol:

Sam L
Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:38 AM
Thank you all for your advice. The metabolic boosters I'm on are okay. I checked it out with my doctor. At 45, my hormones inhibit my metabolic rate and I need a little help. Plus they give me energy. So, I won't be giving them up yet. The fat burner is just a powder drink called Trimbolic, it helps burn fat and reduce cellulite. The doctor said it was okay too. My typical day consists of the following diet:

Breakfast: A Slimfast drink and half a slice of pear and 8 ounces of water during the week.

On the weekend, 2 egg whites scrambled with red pepper, a slice of whole wheat toast and a half a slice of pear.

Mid-morning snack: Trimbolic drink

Lunch: A 5 to 6 ounce serving of beef, chicken, tuna or turkey, a green salad with low-carb dressing, and a medium size (about 3 to 4 ounces) portion of green beans, broccoli and cauliflower or spinach and a slice of whole wheat bread.

Dessert: a serving of sugar free Jello

Work out when I get home 30 minutes of high-intense carb and 15 minute cool down. I usually burn at least 400 calories during a workout (my treadmill has a calorie burn counter). I have free weights, but I haven't started my weight training yet. Just haven't gotten around to it.

Dinner: same as lunch.
As a 46 year old woman things might work a little different for you than for me a 26 year old male. :)

Looking through that I think it's pretty good. I still recommend doing weights and a lot of resistance training. Don't just hit the treadmill, it's not that effective.

UDACHi
Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:52 AM
When you say to avoid carbs at night, what time does 'night' begin?

AjdeNate!
Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:52 AM
I smoke all the time and drink a lot of Pepsi.
I guess that'd explain a lot of my issues. ;)

Sam L
Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:53 AM
When you say to avoid carbs at night, what time does 'night' begin?
The best thing is to avoid them after dinner which should be had between 6-8.

No carbs after 8 or 9.

UDACHi
Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:55 AM
Oh. That's friggin easy. :)

AjdeNate!
Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:56 AM
The best thing is to avoid them after dinner which should be had between 6-8.

No carbs after 8 or 9.
When a lost weight a few summers ago, my thing was no food at all when it was dark. And no soda/caffeine ever. Plus I drank like 3 litres of water a day. Worked well, I felt great. But now I'm on nights and only awake in the dark.... so my method fails me now. Plus I depend on caffeine to live now since I can barely stay awake beyond 3-4am. I hate working nights.

UDACHi
Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:58 AM
OMG. I need 1-3 cans of soda per day. :tape:

How much did you lose? Or was it just to stay in shape?

AjdeNate!
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:03 AM
OMG. I need 1-3 cans of soda per day. :tape:

How much did you lose? Or was it just to stay in shape?
I lost a lot actually, and it was to lose it; nothing about being in shape. I did zero 'extra' exercise as far as what I was normally doing (which wasn't much :tape: ).

I read somewhere this tip (and it worked for me) - take your weight in pounds, divide by 2, make that ounces and that's the amount of water you should drink. For example, if you weigh 180... you should drink 90 ounces of water/day. You're never hungry, and properly hydrated. Plus your skin is radiant. :p

UDACHi
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:08 AM
I'd have to drink like more then 4 bottles of water a day. :speakles:

Last Summer, I really slimmed out, and I drank a lot of water. But it really made me quite sick of it. :(

I grew 4 inches though, so maybe that's why I got thinner. :shrug: :lol:

AjdeNate!
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:10 AM
I'd have to drink like more then 4 bottles of water a day. :speakles:

Last Summer, I really slimmed out, and I drank a lot of water. But it really made me quite sick of it. :(

I grew 4 inches though, so maybe that's why I got thinner. :shrug: :lol:
I'd wake up, drink 2 bottles right away - that way like 1/2 of my 'quota' was over before I woke up. :lol:

UDACHi
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:13 AM
Hmm .. I'm probably gunna try it now. :)

If I don't lose wait, bad reps for Athanaeum. :mad: :p

AjdeNate!
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:16 AM
Hmm .. I'm probably gunna try it now. :)

If I don't lose wait, bad reps for Athanaeum. :mad: :p
:lol: Oh, and no fast food - except Subway. That's all I did.

UDACHi
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:16 AM
Guess who starts his Subway job tomorrow?! :eek: :hehehe:

AjdeNate!
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:18 AM
Guess who starts his Subway job tomorrow?! :eek: :hehehe:
:lol: 6" Chicken tit on wheat w/onions and no cheese, please.

UDACHi
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:19 AM
It's my first job ever. :unsure: Here, have some cheese and mayonnaise! :D

AjdeNate!
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:41 AM
Congrats on your first job! Just be sure to not sneeze on the food or something.
I'm sure you'll have fun and meet some cool peeps.

Denise4925
Jun 23rd, 2006, 06:18 PM
As a 46 year old woman things might work a little different for you than for me a 26 year old male. :)

Looking through that I think it's pretty good. I still recommend doing weights and a lot of resistance training. Don't just hit the treadmill, it's not that effective.
I'm 45 thank you :p Anyway, I'm now down three more pounds. I've lost a total of 8 pounds. :banana: I want to do the free weights Sam, but I feel like the muscle will add pounds of muscle for me right now. When I get to the 10 pound mark, I'm going to incorporate a small free weight work out. Not too intense though.

Denise4925
Jun 29th, 2006, 10:26 PM
Well, I've lost 9 pounds thus far, but I just ate a fucking Baby Ruth. :hysterical: I have to run it off on the treadmill tonight. I can't seem to control my sweet cravings. My will power is shit. Any suggestions?"

FLL
Jun 30th, 2006, 12:07 AM
OMG :tape: Just be patient!!!

I've lost 34 pounds in 10 months by just cutting on the portions and training just a little bit.. You can't expect to lose 50 pounds in a week nomatter how much you cut down the carbs... You just need to lose a bit at a time for you body to get use to it and keep it off.. Avoid the yo-yo diet!

MH0861
Jun 30th, 2006, 12:38 AM
Well, I've lost 9 pounds thus far, but I just ate a fucking Baby Ruth. :hysterical: I have to run it off on the treadmill tonight. I can't seem to control my sweet cravings. My will power is shit. Any suggestions?"

It's gotta be a work in process. Permament weight loss requires a lifestyle change, and most people can't just change their habits that quickly. As long as you gradually cut out bad things from your diet and begin to replace them with healthier options, you'll start to get the hang of it. Also, you should treat yourself every once in a while.. it will keep you focused and you won't feel deprived so you can stay strong over the long run. You haven't ruined your diet and just because you cheated, it's no reason to fall off the bandwagon and give up. It's okay. If you do have a treat, maybe work out a little longer to work it off - no biggie, I've found from personal experience. Maybe eat extra healthy for the rest of the day, something to balance it out. Please don't ever get discouraged, no matter how hard or impossible or futile it seems.. it's a long, slow journey, but you'll get where you want to be eventually.

griffin
Jun 30th, 2006, 01:33 PM
Well, I've lost 9 pounds thus far, but I just ate a fucking Baby Ruth. :hysterical: I have to run it off on the treadmill tonight. I can't seem to control my sweet cravings. My will power is shit. Any suggestions?"

Get the small, halloween-sized bars, and fit one into your diet (cut down something else, add some time on the treadmill or some sit-ups). Seriously, making yourself miserable will probably not help in the long run :)

You might also want to rethink your decision to add weights. Check with your doctor, but while muscle does weigh more than fat by volume, it also burns more calories, which will help you lose more fat.

Besides, as long as you're doing cardio, pounds alone may not mean much. A friend of mine decided to train for a half-marathon last year. Did lots of running and strength training...six months later she'd only lost 3 pounds, but she'd dropped like 2 or 3 dress sizes.

(and oh yeah, drink chocolate mild :haha: http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=246360 )

Denise4925
Jun 30th, 2006, 08:47 PM
It's gotta be a work in process. Permament weight loss requires a lifestyle change, and most people can't just change their habits that quickly. As long as you gradually cut out bad things from your diet and begin to replace them with healthier options, you'll start to get the hang of it. Also, you should treat yourself every once in a while.. it will keep you focused and you won't feel deprived so you can stay strong over the long run. You haven't ruined your diet and just because you cheated, it's no reason to fall off the bandwagon and give up. It's okay. If you do have a treat, maybe work out a little longer to work it off - no biggie, I've found from personal experience. Maybe eat extra healthy for the rest of the day, something to balance it out. Please don't ever get discouraged, no matter how hard or impossible or futile it seems.. it's a long, slow journey, but you'll get where you want to be eventually.
Ahhh, that makes me feel better. :lol: Last night, I worked off double the amount of calories in that Baby Ruth bar, but I agree that a little cheating every now and then doesn't hurt. I just got right back on the wagon today. Thanks for your support. It's really helpful.

Denise4925
Jun 30th, 2006, 08:49 PM
Get the small, halloween-sized bars, and fit one into your diet (cut down something else, add some time on the treadmill or some sit-ups). Seriously, making yourself miserable will probably not help in the long run :)

You might also want to rethink your decision to add weights. Check with your doctor, but while muscle does weigh more than fat by volume, it also burns more calories, which will help you lose more fat.

Besides, as long as you're doing cardio, pounds alone may not mean much. A friend of mine decided to train for a half-marathon last year. Did lots of running and strength training...six months later she'd only lost 3 pounds, but she'd dropped like 2 or 3 dress sizes.

(and oh yeah, drink chocolate mild :haha: http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=246360 )
I have been rethinking the weights thing Griff, but they are so monotonous (sp?) to me. :yawn: and I'll check out the thing on chocolate milk. I love it. :lick: