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***DRINK DIET GREEN TEA (IT'S BEEN KNOWN TO BOOST METABOLISM)
***USE SPICES WITH FOOD. CAYENNE (RED) PEPPER, CINNAMON, HOT SAUCE...THE HOTTER THE SPICE, THE BETTER! HOT SPICES SPEED UP YOUR METABOLISM.
***CHEW GUM IN BETWEEN MEALS. YOU'RE LESS LIKELY TO SNACK OUT OF BOREDOM WHEN YOUR MOUTH IS ALREADY BUSY.
***SWEETEN COFFEE, CEREAL, ETC. WITH SPLENDA. IT'S VERY SIMILAR TO SUGAR IN TASTE, WITHOUT THE CALORIES.
***INSTEAD OF BUTTER OR MARGARINE, USE "I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER" SPRAY. IT'S 5 CALORIES PER SERVING.
***AVOID JUICE, KOOL-AID (UNLESS IT'S MADE WITH SPLENDA), AND SODA. IF YOU DO DRINK SODA, SWITCH TO DIET.
***AVOID ALCOHOL. IT'S EXTREMELY HIGH IN CALORIES. AND IT LOWERS YOUR INHIBITIONS, MAKING YOU MORE LIKELY TO BINGE. ALSO: BAR FOOD IS USUALLY UNBELIEVABLY HIGH IN FAT AND CALORIES.
***DON'T RESTRICT YOUR DAILY CALORIC INTAKE TO LESS THAN 1400 CALORIES A DAY. IF YOU DO, YOUR BODY WILL THINK IT'S STARVING AND IT WILL HANG ONTO EVERY CALORIE BY SLOWING DOWN YOUR METABOLISM.
***PARK AS FAR AWAY FROM BUILDINGS AS YOU CAN WHEN YOU PARK THE CAR IN THE LOT. THE LONGER YOU HAVE TO WALK TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION, THE BETTER.
***WALK EVERYWHERE YOU CAN. DRIVE ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE TO.
***INVEST IN A RECUMBENT BIKE. YOU CAN CYCLE WHILE YOU WATCH T.V. OR READ A BOOK.
***DRINK LOTS OF WATER. MANY TIMES, THIRST MASQUERADES AS HUNGER.
***PORTION YOUR FOOD. PUT WHAT YOU WANT ON A PLATE, INSTEAD OF EATING STRAIGHT OUT OF A BAG OR CONTAINER. IT'S TOO HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF HOW MUCH YOU'VE ALREADY EATEN OTHERWISE.
***TAKE A FIBER PILL A HALF HOUR BEFORE EVERY MEAL. FIBER HELPS YOU FEEL FULL FASTER AND LONGER. ALSO EAT FOODS RICH IN FIBER.
***AVOID SIMPLE CARBS (WHITE FLOUR, WHITE RICE, WHITE PASTA, WHITE BREAD, SUGAR). SIMPLE CARBS ARE BURNED BY YOUR BODY WITHIN THE HOUR, MAKING YOU FEEL HUNGRY SOON AFTER EATING. INSTEAD, EAT COMPLEX CARBS (WHOLE GRAIN AND WHEAT BREAD, WHEAT PASTA, WILD AND BROWN RICE, VEGETABLES).
***EAT PROTEIN (MEAT, NUTS, DAIRY). PROTEIN TAKES 6 TO 8 HRS. TO METABOLIZE, LEAVING YOU FEELING FULL MOST OF THE DAY.
***DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST! YOU WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO BINGE LATER IN THE DAY.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE BACK LABEL. TRANSFATS AND SATURATED FATS ARE BAD. UNSATURATED FATS ARE OKAY. ALSO: LOOK AT SERVING SIZES. YES, THAT BOX OF COOKIES SAYS 200 CALORIES...BUT THAT IS PER SERVING. IF THE SERVING SIZE SAYS 3 COOKIES, THEN IF YOU EAT 6 OF THEM YOU ARE TAKING IN 400 CALORIES. EVEN THINGS LIKE A BOTTLE OF SODA CAN TRICK YOU. A CAN OF SODA IS ONE SERVING, AROUND 120 CALORIES. YOU WOULD THINK A BOTTLE IS ALSO ONE SERVING. IT'S NOT. IT'S 2.5 SERVINGS. SO, THAT BOTTLE OF MT. DEW WILL END UP COSTING YOU 300 CALORIES.
***THE LOWER THE CALORIC CONTENT OF YOUR FOOD, THE MORE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EAT. IF YOU EAT AN AVERAGE SIZE MUFFIN, YOU TAKE IN ABOUT 400 CALORIES...AND IT WONT KEEP YOU FULL FOR VERY LONG. FOR 400 CALORIES, YOU CAN HAVE SEVERAL LIGHT BOLOGNA SANDWICHES ON WHEAT (JUST AN EXAMPLE), KEEPING YOU FULL A LOT LONGER AND, AT THE SAME TIME, IS A LOT HEALTHIER A CHOICE.
***IDEALLY, YOU SHOULD HAVE 3 MEALS A DAY AT 400 CALORIES AND 2 SNACKS IN BETWEEN AT 200 CALORIES. BUY SINGLE-SERVING T.V. DINNERS LIKE WEIGHT WATCHERS OR LEAN CUISINE. BUDGET GOURMET IS A LESS-EXPENSIVE CHOICE. THESE ARE PERFECTLY PORTIONED MEALS. SOME GOOD CHOICES FOR SNACKS WOULD BE LIGHT YOGURT, STRING CHEESE, OR TRAIL MIX BARS.
***ONE POUND ON YOU = 3500 CALORIES. WHAT THIS MEANS IS, THAT YOU HAVE TO BURN OFF 3500 CALORIES BEFORE YOU LOSE ONE POUND. I KNOW, IT'S FRUSTRATING. IF THE AVERAGE PERSON NEEDS 2000 CALORIES A DAY, AND YOU CUT DOWN YOUR INTAKE TO 1600 CALORIES A DAY, IT WILL TAKE YOU 17.5 DAYS TO LOSE A POUND. IF YOU TAKE IN 1400 CALORIES A DAY, YOU WILL LOSE A POUND EVERY 8.75 DAYS. THIS IS NOT AN EXACT ESTIMATE, AS EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT.
***ONE NIGHT A WEEK (I LIKE SATURDAY), EAT WHAT FOODS YOU LIKE: SOME ICE CREAM, PIZZA, JUST DON'T GO OVERBOARD ON THE PORTION SIZE. IF YOU DO HAPPEN TO BINGE, DO NOT PANIC. AND DO NOT THROW YOUR DIET OUT THE WINDOW. ALL IS NOT LOST. START NEW TOMORROW. TOTALLY DEPRIVING YOURSELF OF THE FOODS YOU LOVE WILL MAKE YOU LESS LIKELY TO STICK TO A DIET.

these are a few things i have learned through the years, and have used successfully. i will add more as i remember.

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Hi everyone! I'm Sigrid, I'm 20 years old (well, 19, but I turn 20 on Tuesday so I figure I can pre-empt it), and I'm here via miasedai.

My biggest problem in losing weight is motivation/self-discipline. I can start off really well, and work out three times a week, but I can't keep it up for longer than maybe a month, and I definitely can't stop myself from buying that bag of potato chips and eat the whole thing.

I don't know how obese I am, I haven't gotten around to buying a scale yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm pushing 196-197 pounds (88-90 kilos). My ideal weight would probably be around 145-150 pounds (65-70 kilos), so I've got my work cut out for me, I guess. I'm buying a scale tomorrow, and hopefully with the help of that (and you guys?) I can get some movin' on this...
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Hi everyone! I've just joined this group (thanks to seeing it referenced in a post of Brib's - hi brib!) and am, like the rest of you it seems, trying to figure out how to eat healthier and fit exercise into my busy schedule. I've already gained the freshman 15 from a starting weight that was in need of improvement, and I've decided to get serious about fixing bad habits.

I'm a first year college student, and my biggest struggle is the dining hall. The dining hall has very a limited selection with few healthy choices and tempting bad ones. It's "all you care to eat" style, so I can't simply buy something healthy and refuse to purchase more. It's far to easy to simply throw something bad on my plate or take more than I need in the name of "getting my money's worth". Ideally I would avoid the dining hall for a good portion of meals and prepare my own, but not only is grocery shopping wasting time and money when the dining hall plan is already paid for, but I'm at a very high-intensity college and meals are an ideal time to merely sit and relax with my peers without feeling the stress of work. Excercise is equally a problem as I have a serious lack in self motivation and all the classes are low-intensity, scheduled at bad times, and/or frequently cancelled.

What I'm hoping to find here is a health buddy, someone in my same situation (a college student surviving on campus dining and with high school stress and too little time), to help me find solutions and get motivated. It would be great to be accountable to someone for all my bad habits, and to have someone cheer me on when I'm doing well, and I'm willing to return the favour in kind.
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bribitribbit
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So, I'm having a problem with motivation. It's all very well and nice to think "Okay, I'm going to get this weight and it will be awesome!" but when you have school--or work, depending--and a million other worries, it's really hard to take the time to watch what you're eating, and to exercise. Any tips, anyone?

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jimwise
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You know, I was watching the Food Network the other night, as I often do. :o) And there's this newish good show with Elie Krieger (I have no patience right now to look up her name, I'm assuming it's spelled close enough to that!), who is a nutritionist. She used this plate with pre-drawn lines on it. 50% of the plate is to be devoted to fruits and vegetables. And then I think it was 30/20, where 30% was for some kind of protein and 20% was for some type of carbohydrate/whole grain kind of thing. It was SO simple, but ingenious really.

Now, I'm not telling all of us to start magic markering all of our plates. But it just lead me to think of how difficult we all think weight loss is. But really, it can, and should be, so simple. Now, a lot of times that I go into the kitchen or order food out, I think so much more about vegetables. I'm generally not nearly close enough to half a plate full, but I can't believe how many meals I go through without one bite of a real vegetable! It's crazy. When all I have to do is open up a can of green beans, or microwave some frozen spinach, and add it to my meal. Not only am I adding tons of nutrients.. but it also allows me to eat less of the full-fat food and still feel just as full.

It's also lead me to other things.. instead of doing a full out diet with tons of restrictions.. why don't we all try to suggest smaller things you can do everyday? Like, I haven't bought butter in months. Instead, I use that spray stuff (You know, Fabio's I can't believe it's not butter? Well it's in a SPRAY form now) and not only is it absolutely DELICIOUS, but it has zeros all down the nutrition facts label.

I've also tried to stop choosing creamy things. No more clam chowder or alfredo sauces. I love soup, so when Progresso went on sale, I bought like a dozen cans of their vegetable soup and a lot of their soups that have 100 calories or less per serving. I love love love pasta, so instead of doing that no-carb thing.. instead, I love whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and then some veggies or a salad with it. I also much prefer fish to red meat, and I used to forget how much healthier it was. Now, I try and eat seafood a lot, and I haven't really eaten much red meat lately. Another thing I've always loved was NOT cooking. Haha, like my kind of comfort food is Spaghettios, which I would make when I didn't feel like cooking. Now, instead of a bowl of six hundred calories.. I'll pop in a Lean Cuisine, with generally less than half the calories and fat of a can of Spaghettios. The vast majority of healthy frozen entrees (I recommend Lean Cuisine or Smart Ones, the red box that has something to do with Weight Watchers) almost always come with a good amount of veggies too.

Now.. I may not be ready to get a size 6 (or hell, even a size 10 probably) by summertime.. it makes me excited to wonder how these smaller changes will help me throughout the whole year.


If you've gotten this far! :o) haha, what kinds of tips do YOU have to share?? Things that we can all try on a daily basis. I'd love to hear them!

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thalialupin
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thalialupin

Hello everyone!

I'm pretty much in the same boat as the rest of you, which is why I've found my way here.  I struggled with my weight for several years, and, like brib, I want to get healthier before college.  I've been trying to use www.sparkpeople.com since this summer, but ended up straying from the plans once school started up.  I figured now is as good a time as ever, since it's a new year, and will be trying to get back with it.  I would definitely recommend Spark, it sounds very similar to the Self website.  It's free, and you can set up mealplans, exercise, schedules, and lots of other helpful things.  My biggest problem at the moment is motivation, especially to get out an exercise.  This community sounds really helpful, I'm looking forward to talking with you guys...

Happy New Year!

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miasedai
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I came across these very cute weightloss icons on my friends list today and thought I should do some pimping.

The icons can be found here.

Hope you enjoy =)

Mia

Current Location: trondheim, norway

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jimwise
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jimwise
I still love the new layout, and kind of wish I had used these colors for my personal journal. :o) it's so PINK.


Sooo.. very small good news! My roommate's friend is in town for the weekend. We've only met once, in September. One of the first things she said to me was that I looked like I had lost weight. Which is fantastic, and something I'd like to believe as we're not friends and it was said at random, like in the middle of another conversation we were having. She's also recently lost like fifty pounds herself (recently, like over the course of a year and a half! I can't wait to be like her, lol), and so notices this kind of stuff a bit more easily than others. SO that was nice to hear. especially since I still haven't been to the gym since October. OMG I KNOW. :o( I keep trying to eat less, to make up for it though.

And to celebrate! I thought I'd post here with some of my favorite healthier recipes. If you want to see more, just let me know what kinds of recipes you'd like me to post! Searching for new stuff is seriously one of my favorite things to do online.

(Most of these recipes were taken from the KraftFoods website, at www.kraftfoods.com. They seriously have thousands of awesome recipes! A lot of them are similar, like a hundred types of turkey sandwiches or something, but many of the entrees are super easy to make, not too many ingredients, and don't take an hour to make!

Country Salisbury SteakCollapse )

Mexican Pasta Vegetable BakeCollapse )

Italian Veggie BakeCollapse )

Chocolate Mint Frosty!Collapse )


These are just a few to start off with. My favorite things to cook are PASTA PASTA PASTA, chicken, and tex-mex inspired dishes, as you can see. What do you guys love to eat?

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jimwise
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P.S.! I tweaked the layout a bit (and by that I mean I used one of el-jay's pre-existing layouts because I know nothing about html or CSS or anything!), soo let me know how you feel about it. Any suggestions are fine by me. :o) Also, I have been looking for icons, but haven't found any cute ones. Any cute icons you find/make, PLEASE let me know!

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jimwise
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jimwise
Hey kids! It is your friendly mod here, just popping in with a little suggestion.


I was SO SO planning on going to the gym today to swim for an hour or so. Unfortunately.. I went to run a few errands for roommates.. then decided to go to the bar aftewards. :o( It has now been like, two months since I've gone. I'M A BAD PERSON. AND A BAD MOD. A VERY VERY BAD MOD WHO SETS BAD EXAMPLES.

So I just had a thought! When I first signed up for the gym a few months ago (back when I was going regularly!), I had registered for this fun challenge thing at Self.com (like Self! the magazine). You just sign up, it takes two seconds and it's free, although your address is required. And it's basically a three month challenge. For three months, you sign in and log in your daily activities, kind of. You can go write up your workouts, what you ate, your miscellaneous activities, that kind of thing. Another cool part is that you can have BUDDIES. LIKE HEALTH BUDDIES! So you can help to cheer everybody on. Plus, you can make your OWN goals easier by picking one of their four pre-set goals (Like Starting an Exercise Habit, or Dropping 8 Pounds, and Going from Walking to Running). Then, they give you fitness plans and healthy menus to help you to reach that goal.


If you are interested at all, just reply here with your e-mail address (or message me if you don't want others to know your e-mail address or something?), and I can invite you to be my buddy. That should create a nice little group. OR if you want to go it alone, just go to the website and check out the Reach Your Goal section to sign up.

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