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#1 hockeymom97

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    Posted 17 August 2009 - 02:57 PM

    I've been trying to be SOO good when it comes to watching what I eat lately. I'm not really following one particular diet, but just trying to make smart choices when it comes to what I eat. But today is killing me and I am starving!! There has just been temptation all around and it’s just so hard to say no sometimes A co-worker wanted to order from Claim Jumper, and I had to say “no thanks, I’m just going to eat the Lean Cuisine I brought instead” – uggggg!! And then to top it off he comes back from lunch with this huge chocolate cake for everyone to share.

    I guess I’m just looking for a little moral support since today has not been an easy day

    And in addition to watching what I’m eating, I’ve been really good about getting to the gym every other day for the last 2 weeks – I’m hoping to keep that habit up as well.

    If anyone wants to share how they stay motivated throughout the day to keep themselves from eating a bunch of junk, I’d LOVE to hear your ideas!!
    Heather & Eric ~ May 5th, 2011 ~ Beaches Turks & Caicos

    #2 sjfreimark

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      Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:04 PM

      One thing that its important is to splurge a little. If you want something......eat it! Just try ordering half an order from a restaurant. If you want a piece of chocolate cake than have half of a slice. It's ok to eat what you want.....just don't go overboard!!! Part of self control is having what you want but knowing the right amounts to eat. Let us know what you did with the chocolate cake situation!!! Anything with chocolate......I just can't say NO!!!! :)

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        Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:09 PM

        Have you tried drinking more water? When you are hungry, have fruit or yogurt with a huge glass of water. It usually helps keeping you feeling fuller for longer. I am also a big believer in eating what you feel like eating (ok, if you feel like have chocolate cake 4 times a day, that's a problem) but balance it out with a good exercise regime (I'm talking 3 times a week cardio, 2-3 times a week strength training).

        Another alternative is to keep those "100 calories" snacks around, that way when you are reaaaaaaaaally hungry (like right now) you can have one and not feel too guilty.

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          Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:10 PM

          heather, have you checked out the "cheat your way thin diet" thread on here? you'd be less likely to be absolutely starving because you eat *something* every 3 hours, and you get one day per week to eat anything your heart desires. might be something that works for you? :)

          good work on getting to the gym regularly!! kudos!

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            Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:31 PM

            I feel your frustration! I am a stay-at-home Mom, so you'd think I'd have it a little easier, what with more time to prepare healthier meals, to exercise, etc. but I DON'T :P It is VERY difficult to fight the urge to snack ALL day long...I sit here hour after hour thinking about going into the kitchen to grab a snack...and since I take care of my attention hungry little 1-year-old, she doesn't exactly allow me time to prepare the best of meals for myself. I am crunched for time in that respect, so I am prone to just grabbing whatever's quickest! I have to consciously remind myself ALL day long to remember what I am working towards. There is NO reason any of us should STARVE though, so my tips include the following (and I am no expert..hehe):


            (1) Drink lots of water, continually, throughout the day!! (exclude soda--yes, even diet--coffee, juice, & even limit your milk) People are under the impression they need to load up on milk each day b/c we need the calcuim &, as women, we fear osteoporosis but the truth is most people develop osteoporosis due to a lack in VITAMIN D! (vit. D helps your body ABSORB calcium) And you can get vit. D for free...just get a minimum of 10 min. of sun/day! :)

            (2) Don't avoid fruits because of all the sugar! Eat 'em up! INDULGE even ! People think fruits can be *bad* b/c of all the sugar they contain but truth is these are NATURAL sugars which are fine, even for weightloss! Fruits contain tons of vitamins & minerals we need to stay healthy, so don't be alarmed by the sugar...processed foods & processed sugars are the things we should be steering clear of!

            (3) Limit your meat intake to 3 meals per week. People generally eat meat b/c they are taught they need to consume protein in their diets...for weightloss we are told to look for LEAN-proteins but the fact of the matter is...people generally try to consume meat in every meal...or at least lunch & dinner...BUT the human body was never designed to consume such high amounts of animal product...so we are in turn, putting our bodies through hell just to digest & process these meats!

            (4) For health & weight-loss, stick to a diet full of FRUITS, VEGGIES, LEGUMES, and WHOLE GRAINS...stay away from white-starches, limit your meat, and really limit your dairy intake. You can still consume all of your necessary vitamins & minerals from various fruits, veggies, legumes, and whole grains WITHOUT consuming cheeses, eggs, milk, etc. (like people think!)

            (5) Choose snacks & foods that tend to "stick" longer & fill you up so you aren't finding yourself *hungry* an hour later.

            (6) Be sure to eat every 4 hours, during your waking hours. This should keep your energy levels from falling, keep you alert, and deflect any *binging* from occurring at any point during your day.

            **If you really want a piece of that chocolate cake, just take a small slice & enjoy it by taking small bites, slowly :) The larger the bites you take & the faster you inhale it, the more you will consume in the end. Take the time to enjoy those foods you truly love by actually TASTING them...you'll likely consume LESS of them in the end & it's always OKAY to indulge a little :)**

            I absolutely LOVE my life & ADORE my little family :)

            #6 hockeymom97

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              Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:47 PM

              Thanks for the support and the suggestions so far!!

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              Originally Posted by sjfreimark
              Let us know what you did with the chocolate cake situation!!! Anything with chocolate......I just can't say NO!!!! :)
              Well I sat at my desk and tried to ignore the cake completely but it was totally distracting me! I did cave in, lol - but I only had a very little piece. I mean we're talking like 3 bites little. It was just enough to get the craving out of my system, but not enough to make me feel too guilty.

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              Originally Posted by trance_angelx0x
              Have you tried drinking more water? When you are hungry, have fruit or yogurt with a huge glass of water. It usually helps keeping you feeling fuller for longer. I am also a big believer in eating what you feel like eating (ok, if you feel like have chocolate cake 4 times a day, that's a problem) but balance it out with a good exercise regime (I'm talking 3 times a week cardio, 2-3 times a week strength training).

              Another alternative is to keep those "100 calories" snacks around, that way when you are reaaaaaaaaally hungry (like right now) you can have one and not feel too guilty.
              I do drink a ton of water regularly. I easily drink more than 64oz a day. And I’ve almost completely cut out diet soda – yay! I usually have one diet mt. dew in the afternoon, but that’s much better than the 3 or 4 a day I used to have.

              I do like the 100 calorie snack packs tho – I’ll have to pick some of those up.

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              heather, have you checked out the "cheat your way thin diet" thread on here? you'd be less likely to be absolutely starving because you eat *something* every 3 hours, and you get one day per week to eat anything your heart desires. might be something that works for you? :)

              good work on getting to the gym regularly!! kudos!
              Yes, Lisaloo sent me the Cheat Your Way Thin diet a little over a week ago. I really wanted to try it, but I started to read thru it and I just don’t know if I could stay on it. I love my fruits too much! And I’m really not a big meat/poultry/fish person either. I was a vegetarian for over 12 years and only started eating meat again because I became anemic while I was pregnant and the iron supplements weren’t working. But I was completely happy eating things like brown rice/whole grain pasta and tons of veggies and fruits – I really didn’t miss meat at all. And to this day it’s hard for me to eat too much of it – I usually do one or 2 days a week with no meat/poultry/fish at all. I must say the one cheat day every week sounds awesome tho, lol.

              So I guess my train of thought was to try and find a way of eating that I can sustain in the long run. I want to change the way I eat – not just go on a diet. Allowing myself to splurge sometimes, but definitely keeping portions in check. I think that’s one of my biggest downfalls – most of the time I eat good things, but just too much of them! My other really bad habit is eating late at night, but that’s due to the crazy schedules we have in our house and that’s a whole other thread.

              So what I’ve been doing is trying to eat smaller portions throughout the day – my typical day for the past 2 weeks has looked something like this:

              Breakfast – one cup cereal with skim milk, coffee with low fat creamer
              Snack – one cup fresh fruit and a low fat mozzarella string cheese
              Lunch – lean cuisine
              Snack – low fat yogurt
              Dinner – huge salad with lots of veggies and grilled chicken, low fat dressing

              And if I’m craving a desert, I have a stash of “skinny cow” ice cream bars in the freezer that are less than 150 calories (some are less than 100 depending on which ones you get) and I’ll let myself have one.

              Most of the time the smaller portions throughout the day works for me – but today was just a bad day where no matter what I’ve eaten, I’m still hungry. I think PMS may be moving in, lol.
              Heather & Eric ~ May 5th, 2011 ~ Beaches Turks & Caicos

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                Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:20 PM

                sounds like you are doing great then heather! i agree, cheat your way thin would be nearly impossible as a vegetarian or if you're not much of a meat eater. just keep up what you're doing and don't beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon once in awhile ... just jump back on! :)

                #8 hockeymom97

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                  Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:38 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by jennaLynn544
                  I feel your frustration! I am a stay-at-home Mom, so you'd think I'd have it a little easier, what with more time to prepare healthier meals, to exercise, etc. but I DON'T :P It is VERY difficult to fight the urge to snack ALL day long...I sit here hour after hour thinking about going into the kitchen to grab a snack...and since I take care of my attention hungry little 1-year-old, she doesn't exactly allow me time to prepare the best of meals for myself. I am crunched for time in that respect, so I am prone to just grabbing whatever's quickest! I have to consciously remind myself ALL day long to remember what I am working towards. There is NO reason any of us should STARVE though, so my tips include the following (and I am no expert..hehe):


                  (1) Drink lots of water, continually, throughout the day!! (exclude soda--yes, even diet--coffee, juice, & even limit your milk) People are under the impression they need to load up on milk each day b/c we need the calcuim &, as women, we fear osteoporosis but the truth is most people develop osteoporosis due to a lack in VITAMIN D! (vit. D helps your body ABSORB calcium) And you can get vit. D for free...just get a minimum of 10 min. of sun/day! :)

                  (2) Don't avoid fruits because of all the sugar! Eat 'em up! INDULGE even ! People think fruits can be *bad* b/c of all the sugar they contain but truth is these are NATURAL sugars which are fine, even for weightloss! Fruits contain tons of vitamins & minerals we need to stay healthy, so don't be alarmed by the sugar...processed foods & processed sugars are the things we should be steering clear of!

                  (3) Limit your meat intake to 3 meals per week. People generally eat meat b/c they are taught they need to consume protein in their diets...for weightloss we are told to look for LEAN-proteins but the fact of the matter is...people generally try to consume meat in every meal...or at least lunch & dinner...BUT the human body was never designed to consume such high amounts of animal product...so we are in turn, putting our bodies through hell just to digest & process these meats!

                  (4) For health & weight-loss, stick to a diet full of FRUITS, VEGGIES, LEGUMES, and WHOLE GRAINS...stay away from white-starches, limit your meat, and really limit your dairy intake. You can still consume all of your necessary vitamins & minerals from various fruits, veggies, legumes, and whole grains WITHOUT consuming cheeses, eggs, milk, etc. (like people think!)

                  (5) Choose snacks & foods that tend to "stick" longer & fill you up so you aren't finding yourself *hungry* an hour later.

                  (6) Be sure to eat every 4 hours, during your waking hours. This should keep your energy levels from falling, keep you alert, and deflect any *binging* from occurring at any point during your day.

                  **If you really want a piece of that chocolate cake, just take a small slice & enjoy it by taking small bites, slowly :) The larger the bites you take & the faster you inhale it, the more you will consume in the end. Take the time to enjoy those foods you truly love by actually TASTING them...you'll likely consume LESS of them in the end & it's always OKAY to indulge a little :)**
                  I am completely know where you're coming from. I was a stay at home mom for about the first year and a half after my son was born and it was way too easy to just walk into the kitchen and grab a snack. Or every time I'd make him something to eat, I'd be getting something for myself as well. The great thing for me back then was that I had time to go to the gym just about every day. I would literally work out 6 days a week and was probably in the best shape I have ever been in. Then I went back to work and it's been a downhill battle since then. But now that my son is old enough to stay home alone, it's given me a little bit of freedom to make time for me and start getting back to the gym. I don't have enough time to work out 6 days a week like I used to, but if I can get there 4 days a week, I'll be happy.

                  All of your other suggestions are awesome as well - thank you!
                  Heather & Eric ~ May 5th, 2011 ~ Beaches Turks & Caicos

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                    Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:05 PM

                    I am currently on a workout/diet regime for a fitness competition and let me tell you, trying to stick to it in the heart of summer where there is a food festival every week is KILLING ME. I don't know what possessed me to do a competition in the fall instead of spring where I could have had the boring winter to do the training/diet. Anywho, your diet may not be as strict as mine, but here are a few things to consider:

                    1. Make sure you are eating enough food. One of my biggest mistakes before getting a trainer was significantly increasing my workout regime and then significantly decreasing my food intake. It turned out I was hardly eating enough to meet the needs of my new physical activity level and I was catabolizing myself (in not a good way). I was surprised at my diet from my trainer as it recommended a lot more food than I thought I should be eating. To me, lean cuisine would be a light snack -- not a meal. Mind you, it may be different for you, but just make sure you're not, in fact, starving yourself.

                    2. While I can't apply this to myself now due to the strict regiment I am on, this is what I used to do which worked most of the time. Whenever I was craving junk food, I would tell myself that my body needs nutritious food first and then if I still wanted the junk food afterwards, then I would not deny myself. 90%+ of the time, you are sated after eating the nutritious food and don't care about the junk.

                    3. I find my most weakest moments is when I am caught hungry and with no pre-packed, nutritious meal in sight. Try to eat on a schedule -- like every 2 - 4 hours. If you are not hungry, you are less likely to crave and you will be feeding your body what it needs. Have good foods on the ready so that you have something when the time comes to eat.

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                      Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:07 PM

                      Oh, one more thing, if you are hungry EAT. Don't just say to yourself "well I just had a meal." Your body is talking to you at that point and it would be prudent to listen to it. I think with all these regiments we put ourselves on, we lost our ability to simply listen to our body and let it tell us what it needs.




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