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  • Trishinator Legend 234 posts since
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    10,440. May 29, 2012 7:12 AM (in response to AndreaH1)
    200+ Pound Club!

    AndreaH1 wrote:

     

    I've been run/walking since the very end of March, I have made it up to 3 minutes running, 3 minutes walking.  I weigh 224.  About once or twice a week I am able to push myself and run a whole 1/2 mile (yay!) and feel fairly good afterwards, no aches or pains and not too badly out of breath.  Sweat like mad though, yuck.  I'm run/walking 3-4 times a week, usually around 2 miles each time and I'm seeing ZILCH for weight loss.  Mind you, I haven't changed my eating habits too much but have been cutting down.  After all this time, shouldn't I at least see 5 pounds or something?  I really trying to not let it get me down but it's a huge part of why I started this.  I will say though, that I've caught the bug and I usually can't wait to get out there and exercise.

     

    Hi Andrea -

     

    I can tell you from my personal experience that "cutting down" wasn't enough, mostly because I have a terrible sense of portion size.  I did a redo of C25K earlier this year and just "cleaned up" my eating without really doing anything to get it under control.  In 3 months of running (I had a 5 week setback thanks to a foot injury), I lost 0 lbs while thinking I was eating better.  I started using an online food tracker on 4/30 and tracking everything I eat - plus I got out the food scale and measuring tools and actually started managing my portion sizes and making sure I was putting the right amounts of things in.  Plus I upped my water intake to a minimum of 2.25 liters/day and usually 3 or more.  Net effect is that today, I am down 11.2lbs from 4/30 after months of not seeing any change.  It's clear to me that I can't guess a portion size accurately to save my life, and if I want to lose weight, I have to really keep track of what I am doing.  Just something to consider before you let it get you down.





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  • AndreaH1 Amateur 11 posts since
    Apr 12, 2012
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    10,441. May 29, 2012 7:20 AM (in response to Trishinator)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Thanks, I know about portions, hard to control.  I told my husband yesterday that the only way I've ever been able to lose weight it by eating almost nothing. I know it's not the way to go but I've tried most other ways, even when I was younger, and never got anywhere.  I don't want to go back to literally starving myself so I just try to cut portions more and hope for the best!

  • Zerorez Pro 154 posts since
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    10,443. May 29, 2012 7:32 AM (in response to AndreaH1)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    To those struggling with diet:  eat salads. I go for a veggie sub footlong at subway and it's under 500 calories. The key is to eat lots of fruit and veggies. I have an apple or orange or greek yogurt as a snack. I have them around and can easily grab one. They are under 100 calories each and are filling. Snickers? Those are like 250 calories. Also instant oatmeal is a good one to keep on hand to not be hungry those are around 100 calories each also. Snacker Chris had some great suggestions on snacks to keep yourself from starving. I think the biggest thing I learned was to have healthy stuff available all the time so that going to a vending machine or eating a donut wasn't something I did out of desperation and hunger. I really love Chobani dark cherry yogurts, I like them as much as a donut and they are healthier! I would gather up about 10 foods you like and you can keep on hand for snacking as a strategy. So far that's working for me =)





    My first post here http://community.active.com/thread/81129?start=8910&tstart=0

    Age 40 Height 6'4'' Weight Start: 345 Current 230 Goal 199. First 30 pounds lost walking

    Couch to 5k Start: August 4th 2011 Graduate: 10/06/2011

    Using Endomondo!

    10/1/2011 First 5k!!! Hearts and Hands for Hope 46:10 pace min/mi 14.58

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  • AndreaH1 Amateur 11 posts since
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    10,444. May 29, 2012 7:33 AM (in response to Zerorez)
    200+ Pound Club!

    My biggest problem is extreme pickiness.  I hate yogurt, makes me gag, yick.  Don't like nuts.  Fruit unfortunately makes me sick (I must have an allergy or something but it's not pretty).  I do like veggies (cooked) so I have to rely alot on that.  I'll eat salads but plain, lettuce and carrots, that's about it.  So because of being picky, it seems I never feel satiated.  Sucks.  But, trying and will find some stuff I like and go from there!   Thanks for the tips!

  • Zyndyna Amateur 14 posts since
    May 21, 2012
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    10,446. May 29, 2012 7:42 AM (in response to Wideguy)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Ugh I just got used to splenda and diet sodas...... I get most of my water intake by using crystal light and unsweetned tea with splenda I have never been much of a water person. Guess it is one more thing to work on. Not to mention I love my tea. It was a big adjustment to go from sweet tea to unsweetned tea with splenda. I am from the south it is like a sin to mess with the tea lol.

  • AndreaH1 Amateur 11 posts since
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    10,447. May 29, 2012 7:46 AM (in response to Zyndyna)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Zyndyna, have you tried stevia?  It's a "natural" sugar that isn't supposed to trick your system like the artificial sweeteners.  Look it up.  I use it in my iced tea and love it.  You can buy it in any grocery store now.  

  • Zyndyna Amateur 14 posts since
    May 21, 2012
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    10,448. May 29, 2012 7:47 AM (in response to AndreaH1)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Nope I havent tried that one. I will check into it. Any funky after taste?

  • AndreaH1 Amateur 11 posts since
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    10,450. May 29, 2012 7:52 AM (in response to Wideguy)
    200+ Pound Club!

    A big congrats to your wife! I'm jealous!!!  I know what you mean about going to far the other way but I swear my body is wired differently.  It's so weird.  When I lost the biggest amount of weight I was about 29 (I'm now 45) and everyday all I ate was an egg and piece of toast for breakfast, an orange (when I could still eat fruit) for lunch and a bowl of vegetable for dinner.  That was it.  And lots of exercise.  I went from an 18 down to a 6-8 in probably 6-8 months and felt soo good, I really miss that but know it's unreasonable.  The thought of starving myself is not something I want to do but I've tried to eat normal portions and such and nothing happens at all.  I haven't even told anyone (besides my husband) that I'm training myself to run because I don't think they'd believe me because I've lost nothing at all.  Makes me so dang mad!

  • AndreaH1 Amateur 11 posts since
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    10,451. May 29, 2012 7:54 AM (in response to Wideguy)
    200+ Pound Club!

    I agree with you Wideguy but at least the stevia would be a better way to try to ween yourself off sugar, lol!!!!  I try not to use the artificial sweeteners but it's in so many things...stevia helps me alittle, I've been able to reduce the amount of sweetness in everything by using it.  Definitely not a way to go forever but I think it's better than artificial.....

  • Zyndyna Amateur 14 posts since
    May 21, 2012
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    10,452. May 29, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to Wideguy)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    I know. I used to drink nothing but regular sodas all the time. Now most days I am down to one soda a day. But I do drink a lot of tea and crystal light. It is hard for me to get the recommended amount of water a day if I dont sneak it in. Wideguy that is amazing about your wife and gives me hope that maybe some day I will be a different size besides 24.

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