Fitness questions, tips & strategies - post 'em here!

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Fitness questions, tips & strategies - post 'em here!
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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 9:14pm

I'm betting I'm not the only one with weight loss or fitness questions and concerns, so I thought I'd start a fresh thread for anyone who's dealing with dietary issues, exercise plans, etc. Maybe we're in the same boat as the last time we had a similar thread, maybe not.

And if you're not ready to discuss your own concerns, feel free to just give advice as you have it. Sharing is a good thing, right? (Even though our kids don't always agree.)

 

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And, of course, I was interrupted before posting my thoughts right away! Such is the life of a mother, eh? :smileyhappy:

First off, here are my dietary restrictions: have to watch my sugar intake because I'm hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and also limit my dairy intake since I'm lactose intolerant. This has meant healthy changes for me, so I'm not usually whining about these conditions, though it does make shopping and meal planning interesting at times!

Second, here was my fitness goal this year: Drop enough pounds to get into a healthy range for my height of almost-5'4". I picked 135 after seeing 133 in a chart of healthy weight per height - There's something about a multiple of 5 that I liked better, plus I suspected that there was a range available to me, not just a single number. (More recently, I explored the subject again and found many different sources but they appear to fall between 127 and 145 lbs. So I'd picked a good number.)

I wasn't too worried about hitting the number exactly since I also suspected I might feel healthy and comfortable before I got to 135.

Now for one of my questions: Did anyone who has reached their goal find it difficult going back to the amount of calories it takes to maintain? I changed my goals on MFP about a week ago and I'm not hitting my 1900 cals/day yet. I'm used to eating less now and I don't want to fill up on junk food just to get all those calories in a day. Neither do I want to keep losing consistently and start feeling horrible, especially in the heat of the summer.

Should I be looking at the Canada Food Guide to see if I need to add more protein and grain? I'm used to filling up on veggies...

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I'm writing a book already, so here's a second post to break things up.

One more concern at the moment: How long should I expect it to take for my skin to tighten up? Will strength training take care of that? I don't remember how long it took after each pregnancy and if I should even expect that to be the same with different hormones and circumstances at work. :smileywink:

This fall when I'm working out our new routine with one kid in school and one at home, I want to alternate cardio days with strength ones, with a focus on core and leg exercises. Not too worried about arm flab yet. :smileywink: I'd like to keep most of my cardio to walking, though I do want to try Zumba and bellydance for fun.

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While I'm at it, here are Becca's tips. Try what you want and let me know if anything works for you, too!

- Less cheese!
- Drink tea and water (or use flavours in your water if you find that helps you drink your eight cups or more). In other words, don't drink your calories!
- More salads, cut-up raw veggies and (my new fave) steamed veggies.
- Less bread, or thinly sliced for less calories per slice.
- Have small snacks between meals, if you have the time. Good for the metabolism! (And evening snacks are okay in my book, especially since a dietician told me to eat every 2-3 hours for my hypoglycemia. I just try to keep it a light snack.)

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A lot of the tips you gave are the things I did while dieting.  The first piece of advice I always give is pray for the will power to resist the things you should not be eating.  I have no doubt that is why I was successful.

The only other tip I can think of right now is to add in exercise during your regular activity.  Squat down to vacuum in the corners of the house, park the car far away from the store and walk.  To add a little more exercise to the walk, carry your kiddo and arm curl him/her while walking.  If you make silly sounds while doing it, child and other people think you are just playing :smileywink:  Seriously,  a lot of exercise can be added just by playing with your kids.  Wresting around on the floor, racing in the back yard, etc...  Nothing better then fun exercise.  :smileyvery-happy:


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Maybe I don't need to worry much about using up my allotted calories just yet - the scale went back up a bit. I'm not worrying, but it's also okay if that comes back off! :smileywink:

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I also am aiming for 130-135ish. I started at 170 as my heaviest after Hannah, Down to 160 right before getting pregnant with Ethan, Up to 185 while pregnant. He weighed 7lbs so I've lost basically 35lbs since I had him- 5.5months. This leaves me with about 10 to go. I'm thinking more along the lines of size than weight really though- I was 14 (I carry it all in the bottom half lol) & am now an 8 but am thinking a 6 is a good number.

I haven't purposely maintained but have basically plateaued :smileytongue: I eat ~1600 calories a day since I'm nursing and up until about a month ago I had been losing at a pretty nice rate, now I enjoy going up & down the same couple pounds :smileytongue: I'm not sure whether I need to eat less, more or exercise more. I work out really intensely 1/week & mildly a few other times as well as trying to active with the kids daily. If I needed to up calories I would think protein would be a good way to go- nuts, meats, PB etc....

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My tips:

Log your calories! Even if only for a little while to get yourself used to what the right amount to eat really is like. You would be surprised at how little or how much some foods are worth calorie wise.

Don't drink calories, except milk when needed.

Small snacks & meals helps you not to get that hungry, have to eat everything in the house feeling & makes you feel like you are actually eating alot even if it's just small.

If you eat out or have a need to do so frequently, research ahead what are good choices for each restaurant. Makes it much easier & you know what you are getting. I have standbys I know are lowish calorie at most places we might stop.

Find the type of activity you enjoy & make it a priority. I like taking walks with the kids & working out with DH but will do a DVD in a pinch even if it makes me feel silly.

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My scale goes up & down like a yoyo :smileytongue: It will be low then creep up a few lbs then drop again - maybe with a 1lb loss if I'm lucky :smileywink:
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