Eating well and making healthy choices

Discussion in 'Wellness' started by yesmaster, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    We don't seem to have a weight loss/health thread. I thought about posting this on shape up, but it doesn't really apply.

    I hate complaining about my weight to my friends and coworkers IRL because I know that I should consider myself pretty lucky. I don't have a large amount of weight to lose and I don't have doctors or parents hounding me about it. I am teetering right at the top of what is considered healthy for someone my height though and am just not comfortable at my current weight.

    I gained some weight this summer just from patio beers and traveling. It was a great summer. I'd like to get back to where I feel like my best self now. I signed up for weightwatchers again a few weeks ago (it has worked well for me in the past) but I can't seem to get my mind around it again like I have before. I'll be good for a few days and then terrible for a few days and then just stop logging all together. I hate knowing that the money I spent on this program (especially when I am so broke right now) is being wasted.

    I know what I need to do to fix it, just needed a place to talk about it.
     
  2. I'm totally in for this thread. Right now I'm making really shitty food choices because I'm so tired all the time. I work 12 hours, get home at 7:30 and then the last thing on my mind is cooking. My metabolism is shot because I only eat once a day.
     
  3. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    I feel you. I've been losing the same 15 lbs on repeat. I don't use Weight Watchers or anything, but I'll be super good about tracking my intake for 6 weeks or so and then I just get tired of measuring things and consulting the numbers to see if I can swing some popcorn so I just stop. I have about 60 lbs to lose though so I definitely need to figure out how to make it longer.
     
  4. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    Yup. It is exactly 15lbs that I lose and gain over and over again. It's been like this for at least 10 years. I need to get on track and be better about planning. It is one thing to log everything, but if I log after the fact and I chose something that contains my entire days allotment for points that is pretty dumb.

    This morning I had every intention of picking up a banana at starbucks when I got my coffee (I had budgeted for this in my spending). They were out of bananas, so I was wondering out loud what I should get instead when the barista suggested a pumpkin scone. I don't even normally like scones but I said yes because it meant a decision was made. When I got back to my office I looked it up and it is 22 points! I could eat a whole frozen pizza for that.
     
  5. Old Waxy

    Old Waxy Chicken

    My name is Waxy and I am overweight. I could stand to lose a solid 20, and would look even better at 30 pounds less but I've been thinking that if I could just lose 15, that would be a huge improvement. I lost 5 over the winter and have been stagnant since. My metabolism is poop.

    My problem is I used to be able to lose weight/change a dress size on dime when I was younger and I've been too stubborn to accept that the same methods don't work now.

    The good news is mr waxy is back to his health kick starting today. He lost 35 pounds over the winter, reached his goal and immediately went back to his old ways again. He put 12 pounds back on. He wants to get back to where he was. And it's soooo much easier for me when he's health minded too.

    We are going to Florida for Christmas and we said this morning we're going as smaller people than we are now. So sign me up to this support group thread.
     
  6. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Yikes! I typically track for the week on Sunday so I've got pretty much everything but snacks pre-entered so I don't usually end up with that. Tracking always makes me hate eating anywhere but home though because I dislike having to guess.

    Mr Zoom is my opposite. He loves veggies and is thin to average. It sucks because MyFitnessPal remembers my starting weight from when I first started using the app. It's 35ish lbs less than what I weigh now. Fuck.

    ETA - this week's goal is more water.
     
  7. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    I've never thought of tracking in advance like that. I could definitely do that. My lunches (when I am organized and make them on Sundays) are the same Monday-Friday and my breakfast is typically two hard boiled eggs at my desk because it is easy. It would take me just a few minutes to log all of that now.
     
  8. Manhands

    Manhands definitely an asshole

    I like this thread. I'd like to lose 15 pounds by eating clean. I could probably do it if I stay away from junk food and plan better. Like I said in a different thread last night, my husband and I ate a bag of buffalo flavored kettle chips and drank limeade for dinner :wall:
     
  9. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Agh. Thanks for making me feel guilty about my unhealthy eating @yesmaster . I guess I'm in too. I need to lose weight, but more importantly, I need to get back on the healthfully eating wagon. I have a weakness for carbs and lazy foods.
     
  10. Old Waxy

    Old Waxy Chicken

    I was a bit jealous of that dinner. I flipping LOVE potato chips.
     
  11. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    I'm about 15 pounds over "my" weight. I blame stress and also porch wine with cheese. Also me for my weekly Taco Bell habit.

    Booze and fast food are the obvious first choices to be asked to leave.
     
  12. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    Even when I look at my spending, my biggest waste of money is always junk/fast food. Some people splurge on clothes and vacations, I will eat out 3 meals a day plus coffee and snacks for a whole week if I'm not paying attention
     
  13. Manhands

    Manhands definitely an asshole

    Planning one cheat night a week is helpful for me to stay good the rest of the week. They just built a Starbucks in my neighborhood and I'm addicted to chai tea soy milk lattes. A large is 330 calories :bored:
     
  14. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    I switched my starbucks order to a double shot on ice. A grande is only 90 calories and it is just as satisfying as McDonalds or Tim Hortons iced coffee (which is upwards of 200).
     
  15. Old Waxy

    Old Waxy Chicken

    Booze if definitely my biggest pitfall. Not just the calories in the booze but the fact that I can't say no to shit food the entire next day.
     
  16. calicat

    calicat Chicken

    Ooo! I've been tracking my food the last two weeks and it is crazy how I've started to notice the small things like the amount of sodium in my deli turkey. It forced me to look into options that are better for me especially because it's a food I eat every day. I allow myself a cheat day a week. usually so I can get some alcohol in. I lost 12 lbs a few months ago through diet but gained 4 back. Looking to lose those 4 again and another 8 for a total loss of 20.
     
  17. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    If I gave up beer and wine I'm convinced I'd lose 10-15 lbs. But what kind of life is that?

    We are trying to get better about this too. For the past 5-6 months I've been so good at breakfast. I have a SlimFast shake and a pear or apple. Lunches can throw me off so we try to meal prep on Sunday for lunches for the week. We usually are good about sticking to chicken/rice/veggies but decided to switch it this week because we were getting bored. I found a recipe for healthy cashew chicken (baked in quinoa!) but K reallllllly wanted to try this copycat recipe for Max and Erma's tortilla soup so we did that too and it's nowhere near healthy lol. Oh well.
     
  18. Manhands

    Manhands definitely an asshole

    My goal has been to eat Vegan 5-7 days a week. Did you guys know that Lorna Doone cookies are actually vegan? And they keep them stocked in vending machine at work with peanut butter granola bars, also vegan :bored:

    I need to stay away from the vending machine at work. That's first :jedi:
     
  19. amonavis

    amonavis Chicken

    I could definitely use this thread. I used to have an amazing metabolism. I could drop 5lbs in less than a week if I felt like I needed to and I never had to watch my diet. It started to slow in my mid 20s. I didn't make any changes and exercise exactly zero days per week. I look at pictures of myself from college and want to cry. I'm 25lbs above my ideal weight and 15 from my realistic goal.

    Aside from breakfast (cliff bar most days), I do a do a decent job of eating healthy, but I think I'm too heavy on the carbs. Pasta is my OG. I also just eat too much. Even if the food is healthy it's not good to have 3 servings.

    What are your favorite calorie trackers? I feel like I need to get a handle on my baseline to see where I should make changes.

    Also, making time for gentle to moderate exercise. The fitness thread is a little too hardcore for me. I just want to do the elliptical 3 times per week to start and make sure I do the shoulder exercises prescribed by my PT at least 5 times per week.
     
  20. amonavis

    amonavis Chicken

    @Manhands I do the same thing with vegan food. Like, this chocolate ice cream is made from coconut milk, that's healthy!
     
  21. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    When I can't afford weight watchers I go for myfitnesspal. I like that it syncs with my fitbit and have just overall found it very user friendly
     
  22. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    I use MyFitnessPal, but pull my calorie goals from IIFYM and don't log my exercise in there. I find it likes to tell me to eat way too little and I find it overestimates calories burned, plus eating back my exercise calories does bad things to my brain.
     
  23. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    Okay, so if I stick to the plan I have today sorted out. I will go over a bit of my weightwatchers points because of that stupid scone. It won't be crazy though and that is what the smartpoints are for. Tomorrow I will plan better and not end up with something that throws my whole day like that on the menu.
     
  24. Oof I could use this thread. I have 16 lbs to lose to reach my healthy weight. I exercise semi frequently (a few times a week, runs and stuff) but my diet is totally shot. I prefer to eat healthy choices but I had to move back home for the next few months and my mother cooks west African style, which is both carby and hard to resist.
    I've found that diet trackers that look at calories feed into my disordered eating tendencies, so I'm trying to keep a paper food diary and make broader goals like eating more raw veggies, cutting down on meats and starches, and hitting at minimum 3 meals a day.
     
  25. Old Waxy

    Old Waxy Chicken

    You all just motivated me to track my calories. Breakfast was 266. Not a bad start, I think? No plans for lunch yet and I'm getting hungry. I'm home today though so I should do okay.
     

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