I want to lose 50 pounds by my 51st birthday!
Update, 6/19/12: My birthday isn't for another 3 months and I have already lost 50 pounds. Onward and upward! (Or onward and downward.)
Update, 7/22/12: Lost 60 pounds as of today!
I'm walking 60 minutes a day and trying to eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables and lean protein.
I live in the southeast corner of Idaho with my husband and my animals. We have a place in the mountains and I'd like to have the energy to hike there, not just sit in a lawn chair.
I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for taking the time to put together such a well thought out response to my fish post. I actually tried it for lunch today and although my cooking needs A LOT of help, I may be able to do this!
I used to see a dietitian for about 6 months, and she was so happy all the time. She made charts, and discussed food, and set me up for my first 2 weeks. She even hugged me as I left..lol. she had me eating peanut butter and jelly, on muffins that had 9 grams of fiber each. They tasted like poo. Plus it was sugar free jelly.. yum. .
The problem with dietitians, is that they are looking at menus, and numbers, and making everything work. They are exceptional at providing healthy menus, and advice. However they aren't considering the food you have to eat to get to those numbers. If you don't say " 40 grams of fiber is a noble goal, but I am not eating All-Bran ", they think everyone is happy, happy happy!
If you listen to a lot of the people on here, and in life discuss diet, they always talk of struggle, cravings, and not liking the foods they eat. Of course they would never discuss this with their doctor, or dietitian. They just suffer for as long as they can hold out, and then cheat. All they need to do, is share this with their dietitian.
I told my dietitian the food tasted horrible, and she made changes, even acknowledged that I preferred less carbs, although she had me eating lots of vegetables, fruit, dairy, and of course 2 slices of wheat bread daily. I lost 30 lbs in 6 months, and then they cut the position. I still use some of what she taught me, but am lower carb now, which is why I lost most of my weight. It's also why I believe you can lose weight without low carb. I did it.
If you don't like the food, or the exercise is too strenuous, you aren't going to ever do it. Making small changes adds up. Lose 5 lbs., and all of a sudden, you want 10, and choose healthier foods out of desire, not as a punishment. Same with exercise. I started small, and as I got more fit, and lighter, I just started wanting to exercise more.
At 190, I wouldn't be able to live the way I did at 361. I watched TV , laying on a couch, except when I was working, making food/eating, or playing video games. One day I was playing video games, and just looked outside at the sunshine, and thought.. I'm going for a bike ride, and realized I could actually do that, without bending a tire.
Forcing yourself to eat foods you don't like, or to exercise in a gym will just feel like punishment, and is a recipe for failure. If you choose to do exercise through sports, or walking ( play ), and eat the proper amount of foods that you find tasty, you won't start planning when to quit 15 minutes after you start.
It baffles me that people think they can maintain something they hate doing.