Who is following your own healthy lifestyle plan?

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k8yk

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Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 20:27
Lately this board seems to be totally overrun by Atkins! Confused
Who else around here isn't following any particular diet, but is just trying to eat healthy and exercise?

I'd love to hear about how you decide what to eat/ not eat, where you get motivation, how you work out, all that good stuff.

Check it out, I lost all this weight without ever buying a "diet" (hate that word) product. No books, no tapes, no programs. The only thing I bought was a gym membership. Is anyone else doing it like I am? Sometimes I feel alone here in a mess of diet frenzy Shock
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amomono

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Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 20:49
that's me!!!

in 2005 I lost about 35 lbs by just exercising and watching my calories. I tried to eat 1400-1600 carbs a day - sometimes went over, but tried to balance it out. I look for nutrient rich foods... lots of fiber and other filling items.

I also exercised quite a bit. I'm not a runner, but I got into this High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) stuff. So I would go out to the running trail and walk for a minute and a half and then jog/sprint for 15 seconds. Then I'd walk again for the same time and then jog/sprint. It worked well for me. I gradually upped the time running, but kept the walking the same.

I'm at a really different stage in my life and was trying really hard not to gain all of that weight back. Right now I'm trying to use my home exercise machine at least 4x a week. And I keep in the journal here everything that I eat in a day. I don't really go for diet foods. I prefer things that fill me up and I don't worry if I have bacon or butter with my meal. I do limit the amounts however!!! I am aiming for 1600-1700 calories a day.

I try to eat three meals of about 400-500 calories and then have a snack sometime during the day. Or two small snacks. And I'm trying to drink at least 32 oz of water every day. I do much better than that somedays.
offshores

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Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 21:25
I'm doing what you're doing! My friend turned me on to this website Jan 22nd and I started keeping track of my food on Jan 25th! I've since lost almost 13 lbs by just watching what I consume and I try to ride my bike in the morning. I'm not too over weight, but I wanted to get down to 210. I'm not feeling hungry counting calories and now I think I want to get to 199 (sub 200) just for the heck of it! That might sound heavy, but I'm 6'3"...

My motivation comes from a previous lifestyle of always Mtn biking and being fit! Over the past 6 years or so I've been more in to motocross and twisting a throttle is a lot easier than pedaling a bike. I also eat everything in site and started getting "husky!" So I decided to do something about it. I set my alarm for 4:50 every morning and pop up and am totally stoked to ride my bike along the beach and bay here in San Diego and watch the sun rise. I get more accomplished by 7:00 AM than most people and it feels great. There are a few mornings when I get back into bed, but the guilt of falling back to sleep and not riding weighs heavy on me and I can feel the joy of riding and being fit take over. Bam, I pop right up, make my coffee and start riding 30 mins later. Always glad I did.

A few days after I started on Fat Secret I decided to go to the store with my wife and daughter and we spent about an hour and half just reading labels and putting stuff in the cart that just made sense! I also Googled "low calorie snacks" prior to shopping and made a list. Instead of Doritos I bought pretzels and instead of ice cream I bought Jell-O. I also traded in the big bags of buttered popcorn for the small 100 cal kettle corn version and so on. It's not rocket science. Who knew that low cal Ranch dressing or Smart Beat Mayo was just as good as the regular stuff, but with way fewer cals??? I never payed any mind to that stuff. It's unreal what a little education on food can do for you? I was clueless.

Instead of cracking 4 eggs in the morning I now crack one and use 3 portions of egg beaters to achieve the same amount. Wow, what a difference in calories! I eat a huge saled at least once a day! I bake about 4 large chicken breasts in the oven and dice up and put in the fridge. A typical salad will consist of about 4 cups of lettuce, 100 grams of chicken, diced up Gala apple, orange slices, carrots, and a low cal dressing. So good and low in cals.

It's not too difficult if you really want to make it happen. I always hear people complaining about diets and always trying a new one! Each person is different, but exercise, eating smart, water and sleep are no brainers. Oh yeah, they friggin work like a charm. Some people just want a quick fix and when it comes to health and lifestyle, there are none! Bottom line is what I'm doing is working for me and I'm not following a diet either!
I'm glad I came across your post and wish you the best of luck. Sorry to be long winded, but it just feels good to talk about it...

Jeff
DebP

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Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 22:03
I agree with you k8yk. I never wanted to go on a diet because I hated to be told what I had to eat and when to eat it. Since I started using this website in January, I have found it much easier to see where I need to make changes in my diet. I never knew how many calories pepperoni pizza had! I used to have fresh buns or breadsticks with every meal (like mom always did). And ground beef! The guys at meat counter have been wondering where I have been because now I am buying so many more fruits and veggies (now the produce guy recognizes me when I come in!). I have also been making more chicken and fish.

For the first time ever, I am working on my weight with my husband. He would NEVER diet because he loves food too much and doesn't want to be hungry all day. He (we) has found that he doesn't have to starve himself. He has lost 10 pounds in less than a month. I am so proud of him! So he is a big part of my motivation. Also I want my four kids to learn the joys of healthy food and being active. Smile
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Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 22:15
I am! Razz

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k8yk

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Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 23:27
It's so nice to hear from all of you! I agree that counting calories on this has really opened my eyes to what I was eating. Also weighing food on a food scale really changed my perception of portion size. In the past, I just wasn't paying any attention. Some things were real surprises, like finding out what ONE serving of pasta actually looks like Smile

I find my diet keeps evolving as I learn more about food and nutrition. I'm an avid label reader now. There are certain ingredients I avoid like the plague.

I can't believe how many times I ate out at restaurants that serve you massive portions without even considering it. It was just plain ignorance. But they do make it seem okay or even normal to eat massive plates of food. No body every taught me NOT to clean my plate, so how should I have known?

More than anything, I can't believe how much I love exercise now. If you had told me 1 year ago that I would feel this way, I would not have believed you Smile

Jeff, I envy you! I want to move to San Diego so badly! I live in Phoenix- nice in the winter, 7th level of hell in the summer!
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rubykate

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 01:00
I am!
and it's great cos I know it's all about making changes for life.
if i do atkins i have to stay low carb for the rest of my life.
NOT INTERESTED! Smile
mendacity22

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 06:45
I'm also trying to follow a "common sense" healthy diet: fruits, veggies, lean protein, whole grains, etc. I've always been relatively healthy, but as I've gotten a little older I realized I have to work a little harder to maintain my weight and be more thoughtful about what (and how much) I'm eating. I've definitely learned how easy it is for calories to sneak up on you since joining this site and tracking my calories.

For inspiration/ideas; I think Cooking Light magazine (or you can go to their website) is really great and I appreciate their no-gimick philosophy. I also really admire Michael Pollan's new food rules. I don't think I would ever follow them fully, but I they're excellent to think about and be aware of.

One (of many) things that I still struggle with is the difference between foods I believe are "healthy" vs. foods that will help me lose weight. It seems like olive oil, avocados, nuts, etc. are very good for your overall health, but not necessarily for losing weight. I guess the key for those things is moderation?? Then, on the other hand, things like artificial sweeteners seem like they are helpful for losing weight, but are not good for my overall health... I'm still trying to find a balance.
offshores

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 07:10
K8YK,
The food scale for me was also key! Portion sizes just blew me away when I started to see what they actually were! Amazing!
It seems like SD gets invadad by Arizona in the summer! Does it get hot out there or something? I do enjoy the climate here, no doubt...
confusedange...

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 07:27
You know I'm with ya. Just plain old sweating hard and eating pounds of good stuff. Favorite purchases for this... a blender and a food scale. (And of course my wii... cause the baby's too small for the gym still!) I try to balance my fat/protein intake, don't pay too much attention to carbs at all - although i eat almost nothing with refined sugar in it - drink a lot of water, keep my calories somewhere between 1200 and 1800. and work out. and breakfast... which i never ate my entire life... has become my favorite meal. who knew how much you could fit in a smoothie... and then twist it up!?!
ChristyF

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 08:43
I'm doing my own thing. Decided I needed a lifestyle change, not a diet. I really like keep track of what I eat on here (something I used to HATE doing) it's quite the eye opener! Now I'm waiting for warm weather so I can get outside and walk, play tennis, ride my bike... I don't have a Wii Fit, but do have 28 stairs in my home that I am up and down 10x a day, more if I drink lots as the bathroom is down 14 of those from our school room upstairs. Nice to see other people doing it on their own too.
ChristyF
lmc5238

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 08:59
I'm doing my own thing too. I don't like all of those fad diets. I feel like, once you lose all the weight and start eating again, you'll go right back to being heavy. No one wants to be on Weight Watchers or Atkins forever. I feel it's a much better idea to do the work yourself. Maybe it will take longer, but in the end, it will mean so much more. You'll have a diet that you can follow, a better understanding of how your body handles different foods, and a real sense of accomplishment. Smile
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kandi kernan

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 09:02
Calorie Counter database is a great site!http://caloriecount.about.com/
I love it!
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jlscalese

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 09:19
I am also not following any diets. I am happy with the way I look but, my family history is AWFUL with high cholesterol, cancers, and a few other things. I do not want to follow in their footsteps. Therefore, I am just trying to live a healthier lifestyle so that I can live longer than the rest of the women in my family (sad but, true) I already feel great and I hope once I have it to a tee I can help the rest of my family.
k8yk

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 09:50
Wow, you are all awesome and all doing awesome Smile

The reason I did my own thing this time is that I lost all this weight before (sad but true) and gained it all back because I didn't learn anything about nutrition. This time I decided I want to lose the weight FOR GOOD and I don't care how long it takes. I realize that the changes I'm making have to be permanent. I mean, of course I'll be able to eat a bit more when I'm not trying to LOSE weight, but I plan to still count calories until I find the balance that maintains my weight. I'm actually pretty sure that's going to be harder than losing it.

Keep up all the great work everybody!
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ipartain

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 10:30
I so love this thread. I am so happy i am not the only one who is doing it their own way. I am also counting calories and working out. Funny how the age old secret to weightloss was what we all knew all along. I actually love keeping track of what I eat and how many calories I take in and burn in my workouts. Oh, and I love working out!!! Amazing!!!

I don't think I would have lost this much weight had it not been for this website and the support from all of you. I like the fact that I am not alone in this journey to healthy living.

I too used to do the Atkins Diet and yes I lost the weight quickly. But I also gained it back. My trainer says that I gained it back because I didn't know what you needed to lose the weight. I didn't learn anything about nutrition and calorie intake and what healthy eating was about. I believe in moderation with everything and I have been successful in that.

Irene

"Aspiring to be Healthy in Every Possible Way"

k8yk

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 10:40
All the replies to this thread really made my day Smile I have to get to work now, but I'm going to come back later and respond more specifically to your posts.
Thanks everybody for helping me not feel so alone here!
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brads_wife

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 10:45
I'm doing my own thing, too! I'm keeping track of my calories and TRY to get in around 1400 a day (though some days I find it difficult to come in around 1200!) I'm trying really hard to up my protein to at least 70g a day while at the same time lowering my fat. We don't eat a lot of processed foods (I have a daughter with food allergies and my husband has diverticulitis, so there are things we must avoid!) and so eating more naturally helps a LOT. I also work out. I try to get two jogs in on my treadmill each week (between 1-2 miles each time) and I'm also trying to workout with Wii Fit daily. I start my day with some good yoga/stretches and then put in another workout later in the day. Another fun workout I have is playing DDR with my kids and hubby!

I think the killer for me has been portion sizes. I did this about a year ago, lost around 20 pounds, and *thought* I was maintaining that lifestyle. But after a while the portions just got bigger and bigger and bigger - and so did my body. When I first started this again I thought I was doing pretty good, until the end of that first day when I saw just how much I was eating. It was no wonder I was gaining weight!

So I've been back at this just a little over a month now, and I'm already almost a quarter of the way to my goal! Smile I've used other sites before, but this is by far the best! The challenges that keep you accountable and motivated, the friends who are on the same journey, and being able to keep myself in check all really help keep me going in the right direction. Very Happy
~*~*~ Jess ~*~*~
Shay1327

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 11:05
I'm just trying to eat healthier. I limit my portion sizes and watch how many calories I eat. I try and find more foods that have more nutrition for the calories I'm ingesting to get a little more "bang for my buck" so to speak. Whole grains, fruits and veggies, and lean meat are my godsends. And who knew I could learn to like tofu?
rjenkins27

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Posted: 16 Feb 2010, 19:08
Add me to the list. Calories in, calories out. It's no coincidence that foods high in fat are also high in calories.

I think the key for long term health is to accept the reality that we can never eat whatever we want in the amounts we want again.

This sounds depressing at first, but it is reality. A healthy, fit life is worth it.

I'm really trying to truly enjoy what I eat more rather than just eating to eat.
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