First off, I want to mention a few keys to weight loss that have nothing to do with food.
1. Weight loss has a lot to do with your mind set:
There is no way you are going to lose weight if you aren't determined and set to do it. Put your heart into it, try not to let yourself cheat. Remember: Being skinny feels better than that tastes! Pump yourself up, get the support of your friends and family, and don't let the jealous ones pull you down!
Find a hobby, something you can do when you start thinking of food. ANYTHING to get your mind off it.
2. Exercise is vital, I don't care what people say these days:
There are a lot of people that just don't want to put the effort into exercising. Get over it if you want to lose, because exercise not only helps burn calories, but it strengthens your body, immune system, fights depression, TIGHTENS SKIN, and gives you energy among many other benefits. So get off that butt and get going!!! You should get at least 20 min 6 times a week.
3. There is NO MAGIC PILL:
There are lots of diet aids out there -- but they are just that, DIET AIDS. There is nothing magical about them, and they won't work if you aren't willing to do your part. You can't just be stuffing your face with Carl's Jr and expect your magic pill to make you lose weight. It just doesn't work that way. Diet aids can be helpful, with good eating behavior... but you need to work harder than the pill.
4. The BIGGEST key is PORTION CONTROL:
I know you don't want to hear it, but there it is. Watch your portions! I lost the most weight, when I cut my meat portion way down. Half a chicken breast instead of a whole. Stack on the green veggies like lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, peas, etc. Tomatoes are awesome, sometimes I eat 2 -3 in a meal! I like to eat an orange or apple with every meal, and snack on a few hard bread sticks, or a handful of fish crackers.
Anyway, keep those tips in mind.
When I first started Fat Butt Friday I was contacted via email by a woman that lives in Idaho and helps people who are weight loss resistant lose weight. Her name is Jeanie, and you can find her at Modern Mamaz (wait, never mind, her site is down)-- we lost contact when her computer crashed. Anyway, she wanted to help me. So she sent me two weeks of eating plans... that's when the weight really started to come off. I don't want to tell you all her secrets, because they aren't mine to tell, but I will give you a few of her tips and some of my own.
Here are a few things I gave up to help me:
Salt (at the beginning, but I have salt now)
Soda (kind of... I do have an occasional diet one every once in a while now...)
sugary stuff: cake, ice cream, candy, etc.
High Starch Foods like: pasta, potatoes, and rice
Some things I am eating more of:
Oranges, Apples, and Strawberries
Unsalted nuts (no peanuts)
Lite Ranch Dressing
Deli Fresh Turkey (not prepackaged)
Lots of Water
Lots of green veggies (lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, peas, etc) and tomatoes
Whole Wheat Bread
Hard bread sticks
Then I adapted more to my plan, and lost even more weight:
I allowed myself some lean ground beef, but no more than 3 oz when raw at a meal.
I made my meat portions smaller and my veggie and fruit portions bigger. I also limited my dressing and fat intake and watched my calories a little closer.
I try not to snack too much.
I also let myself have some crystal lite every now and then.
My Exercise Plan:
I try to walk 2 -3 miles with the boys at least 5 days a week in the morning -- that's my big one. At night I try to do my Wii Fit, exercise bike, or if I can get a sitter, go to the gym. But I make sure, no matter what that I do something physical 6 days of the week. I love working out, it really lifts my spirits!
Anyway, that's about it! If you have any questions feel free to email me or leave your question in a comment!
Here are my weekly stats, by the way:
New Goal: To hit my 80 pound mark!
Pounds lost up to last week: 50
Total lost this week: 3
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Changes Update: 11 Feb 2010: There are a few minor changes to my plan. I do let myself eat fruity snacks between meals and/or a handful of fish crackers every now and then. I also don't eat after 7 pm. I have started running a mile once a week, and LOVE my new Wii program, Gold's Gym Cardio Workout!
The biggest key to my diet is to keep the fats AND the carbs limited, but eat lots of fruits and veggies!! And drink A LOT of water... try 100 oz a day! If you start plateauing, change up what you are eating and try a harder, more challenging workout.