Slim women to the rescue please?!

Stacey-Marie - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Hi. i would like to know what you eat (and portion size) on an average day and what excercise you do. i am really fed up of being big now and realise i need to change things, i'm asking to get ideas as i am really crap at eating healthy and moderately - i know what is healthy but i always do it wrong lol.

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Lindsey - posted on 05/01/2009

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Girl, you are not alone I hope you know! I just have a couple of personal tips: if you don't buy it and keep it in your house, you won't eat it. My weakness is snack cakes so I don't even look at them in the store. But you have to find something active that you enjoy doing and that is convienient so that you are able to do it regularly. Plan active activities with your kids so that you have to run and jump and break a sweat while you're having fun and spending time with them. And I read Oxygen magazine for motivation - there are good tips for fitness and nutrition in there. Good luck!

Jess - posted on 05/01/2009

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Try these really cool websites:

Sparkpeople.com

Personalizes a balance between diet & exercise, helps give you a starting point.

Hungrygirl.com

Great fast tips about making good food choices.

A book I like is The ABS Diet it's not a fad diet, it teaches about the types of food to eat more of and what to avoid.

Eat healthy foods with lots of nutrients. I try to use a higher protein/veggie/fruit diet low in sugar/salt/fat. If you eat low protein/nutrient foods you will be hungrier and tend to eat more.

Best luck.

Veronica - posted on 05/01/2009

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Both my husband and I gained weight throughout the pregnancy so we cut out nearly all fast food, try to eat alot of grilled chicken and salads, and low cal juices and water, no soda! and I go to the gym now 30 min on the eliptical and a few floor exercises at home. Since I started at the gym I lost around 5lbs in 1 week. I wasnt losing until I started exercising.

Andrea - posted on 04/30/2009

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I to am not the best eater but luckly I am naturally skinny. Although when I was Pregnant I ate really well and I found the best thing to do is preplan dinners so you have every thing at home and premake snacks like cut up fruit and veggies or cheese and crackers and try not to buy to much junk when you go for groceries.

Sherri - posted on 04/30/2009

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All depends on how much energy you have. Before I had my son Landon, well before I got pregnant I weighed 102 lbs. When I went to have him 9 months later I weighed 145 lbs. I was so terrified that I wasn't going to be able to loose the weight. So for me, I just starved myself. Would I recommend doing that to anyone else? No. Cause it's not healthy, and I still have baby fat. I mean you can't really tell because when you look at me, I'm still amazingly skinny, but yeah. If you have a lot of energy, go exercise, do crunches. Take walks.

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Sonya - posted on 05/02/2009

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I cut back on my sugar and made sure to get more vegetables. Also I added more fish into my diet. I was 301 pounds and hypertensive at one point. And that scared the crap out of me. Right now I'm down to 270 and still dropping. Its not dropping fast, but I'm slowly working my way back in to more activities and keeping my diet healthy. I also recommend making a lot of your favorite foods from scratch. That way you can cut the fat out yourself. That's been a big help for me as well and it saves money.

Jordan - posted on 05/02/2009

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I was overweight for about a year and a half after having my daughter and I have always had a problem eating well... after that time of waiting for my baby weight to just go away, I decided that I needed to do something. I cut my portions down to normal size. Try using a dessert plate instead of a large dinner plate. I also paid close attention to calorie content of everything and realized that I had no room in my diet for junk (chips, candy). I stuck to a 300 cal per meal plan, and that gave me some room to have snacks. It was hard for the first two weeks, but then my body was trained to want just the right portions. I lost 20 lbs in two months without exercising. I would have lost even more if I'd stuck to the walking every day routine. It was not really that hard to do, contrary to what I had expected.

J - posted on 05/02/2009

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Weight loss...30% depends on exercise...70% depend on diet...

don't eat after 7:30pm...big breakfast so you can burn it off during the day...small dinner...eat slower (sometimes when people eat too fast, they don't realize when they are ACTUALLY FULL...so they tend to overeat and end up being really full)...

Hope - posted on 05/02/2009

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Weight Watchers can work wonder but you have to do the work. I just pulled out my old information and have started again.

Lois - posted on 05/02/2009

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I honestly couldnt tell you what to eat and how much to excercise.. because i eat whatever i feel like eating.. I mean i try to eat healthy for the most part but if your craving a hamburger or a bowl of ice cream have it cuz ... if u dont u will just keep eating other stuff to try and satisfy that craving. Thats how i am anyway. And when it comes to working out.. all i can say is stay active whether its just working up a flower bed or going for a five min walk.. every bit helps!

Veronica - posted on 05/02/2009

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Nutrisystem works too! My mother-inlaw lost like 60lbs on that and now she jsut eats reg food just knows her portion size etc.

User - posted on 05/02/2009

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i suggest trying weight watchers, im not a very strict person when it comes to dieting, i just cant do it. But in january i go so sick of being overweight after having my girls that i joined weight watchers and started water aerobics. Its fantastic, so easy to do.
Admittedly i havent been going very well for the past month but i have still lost 10kgs so far!

Jennifer - posted on 05/02/2009

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I would suggest going for a walk at least 3 days a week, a power walk if u can for 30- 60 min that alone will help melt weight off and of course decreasing portion sizes. what i do is i eat everything but in moderation. if i want some choclate i have it but i try to have a small peice. if we have pizza for dinner , instead of eating like 6 slices lol i would eat maybe 2. if i eat pasta i try to make it a small bowl. if i over eat one day i try to cut back the next.....someone told me once that stop eating after say 7 or 8 pm and fast until the morning say eat breakfast around 8 or so , this way the body burns cals over night during the fast and motabolism revs up once you have breakfast...just some things i have heard and read about....but alwyas a good idea to speak to doctor.... i find that w/ my two young kids im alwways moving and busy chasing them so that helps as well. try to drink more water and less pop/juice. but also there are many factors to consider as well and if you are really concerned try talking to your doctor . Good luck. you can do it:)

Lee-Anne - posted on 05/01/2009

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i dont eat some days but when i do i find that eating healthy chicken salads that i make myself helps and cooking things without oil and draining meat dose help to but i have had 7 kids and still am 35-40kg (and yes sometimes i forget to eat because im to busy running after the kids) but i allso go to an all girls gym and thats great also but as other woman have said its all about wanting to do it and modivation so hope all gose well and good luck

Stacey-Marie - posted on 05/01/2009

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Thanks everyone - keep them coming lol!
I am on the third day of my eating plan and have started excercising today - just stomach crunches at the mo but will be doing some serious housework later and more crunches throuout the day.
I'm keeping a food journal and trying to keep to 1,100 calories a day. Stepping up my fluids to the reccomended amount. So far so good.

Rhiannon - posted on 05/01/2009

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Hey Andrea, I did that with meals, for after my son being born. My partner works away and is gone up to five nights at a time, so I made a massive casserole, pasta, anything that is freezable and re-heatable and bought a heap of containers. It means you can put serving sizes into containers when you AREN'T hungry, and so put more realistic amounts in. I'm a shocker for being so hungry and thinking "Do I make a healthy snack of dried biscuits and tomatoe etc that will take me 5 to prepare? Or do I grab the chips that will take a second to rip open?" Gee, such a tough call!!!

Rhiannon - posted on 04/30/2009

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I weighed 72kg when I fell pregnant and gained 13kgs (and Sherri, my son is also called Landon!!!) when he was 5 and a half months old, I weighed 63kgs. I think I take bits from everyone. Energy In vs Energy Out is an important thought. If you eat lots and exercise very little, you put on weight. Portion size is the biggest thing, which was where I was failing prior to having my son.

But basically now, I work on the theory that when I am hungry I eat. I pretty much only have one "meal" a day (tea) which is a meat and 3 veg deal at about 6pm. For the rest of the day, I snack when I am hungry. A crumpet for breakky, fruit or some saladas and dip around 11am, maybe some cheese on toast in the afternoon. I know this is not helpful, but I just basically believe that I am the way I am. I LOVE food, I HATE exercise, and so I need to accept how I am, or do something I hate, such as exercise! I chose to accept how I am!

Alex - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hi Stacey-marie



Im a weight loss coach and a distributor for herbalife. i have been on this program for only 1 week and i have lost 2kgs and 9cms from my waist, tummy, hips and thigh area, my husband lost 2 kgs and 26cms we both have so much extra energy and that was with no exercise its a program which is 3 simple steps my email is stevealexlloyd@bigpond.com send me an email and i can send u more info on the program and some more success stories. if u like what i send u i can set the program up for u.



looking forward to hearing from u

Theresa - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi!! I'm in the military so i understand what you are going through. we have specific needs to meet... plus i am a PTL (fitness training leader) it is better to eat 6 small meals throughout the day than 3 large ones. it's ok to snack!!! it keeps your metabolism going rather than slowing down and speeding up. I understand not everyone is into running (I consider myself to be one of those) but you can just start by jogging around your neighbor hood or a high school track. or just walk if you don't feel up to jogging. Crunches work....for the majority! just do 3 sets of 25 and then take a break. Then do about 20 pushups (or as much as you can handle) it will be hard at first BUT once you get into a set schedule you'll see differences... running is a big factor!! Good Luck!!!! I understand how you feel...it's hard adapting to how your body has changed. I kno i've had trouble!

Helen - posted on 04/28/2009

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I walk 2 km a day during the week to get my son to school. The wii fit is also great exercise and fun too. I try to make my own cakes as then i know what is in them !

Kylie - posted on 04/28/2009

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Its all about energy in vs energy out. I do a brisk walk for 30 mins almost everyday and run around after my active 4 yr old as well as speed clean the house, so its kinda workout at the same time. I love food and i find if i have donuts, biscuits or chocolates in the house i will eat them all! So i try not to buy them or have them in my cupboard. Having a big breakfast of something wholegrain like oats or any low gi food gives me lots of energy and fills me up. I don't like the idea of revolving my world around food and calorie counting so i make sure my house is stocked with plenty of vegies, a big bowl of fruit on the bench, and punnets of berry's in the fridge for snacks, whole grain breads and low fat dairy etc. I love to snack so i chop up celery and carrot and watermelon and keep them in a container and so me and my daughter can eat them any time we like. It makes it easier to eat well when you only have healthy choices. I still bake with my daughter and have treats like ice cream and full fat cappuccinos but its about moderation. You'd be surprised just by cutting out soft drinks and fatty fast food how much better you feel. Walking and getting out and pushing the pram is the best advice i can give you, set your environment up for success and it's easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Lisa - posted on 04/28/2009

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being active is important. I have always been very active, i love to dance . I don't drink pop or beer at all, my intake of sugar is low and I eat a lot of fruit. I am have maintained the same weight (100) since high school even after 2 kids. breast feeding was key to getting back down to my original size. i do not use birht control because of the side effect (weight gain).

Jamie - posted on 04/28/2009

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Only think I can recommend is a weighted hula hoop, its fun and you will see results. 20 min everyother day, it works abs butt and thighs. As for portion, take what you normally would for a meal, then pull out an extra plate and put half the food on there.



My husband just went from 190 to 163 in a month. And he hasnt started exercising yet. He switched to diet caffenine free soda. He has 1 packet of starkits tuna, and i mean packet not can, then he has a can of campbells healthy request chicken noodle soup. for dinner he eats what he wants jsut cuts down the portion. he also quit drinking any alcohol. Hes been at 163 for a week now and will start exercising and bringing back a more normal diet. Personally I think you have to have alot of control to eat the same thing every day, he was jsut very determined. It also helps we do not have junk food in the house.

Kyle - posted on 04/28/2009

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By no means am I a slim woman, but I've found Weight Watchers to be very helpful. I never actually went to the meetings, but I was able to get the information on how many "points" you should eat per day. I was able to do really well and went from almost a size 16 to a size 8, some 6's. Then I started slacking some and am 10 - 12 right now. It's hard to work out when your life is spent running kids around and working full time. You can lose weight just by eating right at first. When I was at my best, I would eat 20 points per day (basically 50 cal. = 1 pt.) and I would lift weights and run the steps at our local high school football stands. You pretty much have to make it your life and dedicate yourself. It's hard I know. I think to myself, how could I work so hard, to let myself slip back to my old ways. I guess I just LOVE pizza. My weakness. I'm not much of a healthy eater too. The trick is to find foods you like that are low in points. Campbells Soup is low in points, I pretty much lived on that for a while. 100 Calorie pop corn. You got to find filling foods!! The website, www.dwlz.com was very helpful too because they give you the WW Point value on a lot of restaurant food. If you have any other questions, let me know! I hope this helps some.

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