Just a little about me, I'm not a mommy (yet) ttc for about 8 months now. My biggest challenge in ttc is my weight, my gynae also suggested that I lose some kg's.
Clicking through the Dieting and Exercise forum, I see there's not many posts on this topic, nor on a regular basis. We all need a little/lots of motivation. My downfall is that I'm not motivated at all, this bad habit is rubbing off on my husband and we're just not able to motivate each other and we're turning into couch potatoes.
My diet history: Been on Weigh-less before, followed the program and it worked! lost around 10kg....this was about 6/7 years ago, then one week I gain 0.2kg DEVASTATED and never went back! I must admit, I got bored with the weighing of the food and eating plans etc. 4 years ago I was on Medi-shape, I enjoyed this as it was more streamlined and the program started with a detox which is great. This diet shows you what foods are best for your blood type. It worked well, the weight melted off and just as I hit the 10kg mark again, I changed jobs meaning there was no place close to me to weigh in or get my vitamin injection. Poor excuse though. I'm not big on exercise...at all...I have Zumba, Pilates, Hip-hop Abs and only switched it a fews times.
Please share your stories here - need some motivation!!!!
Gain-a-Baby, the first step that you can take is to start eating healthy. Cook healty for you and your husband, brown bread, brown rice and even wholewheat pasta - I know it is a bit more expensive.
And with Weigh-less, reduce your portion sizes. Just 70 gram of rice or 100 gram of cooked pasta - go back to your weigh-less book
I am also overweight, have lost 20 kg this year, but got about 40 kg to go, I am pregnant now (Biggest shock to my system), but I am still going to try my best. I can not afford to pick up weight.
We do mtn bike cycling, and we love it, it is something we as a family can do together, we've even entered the 94.7 mtb race (35km), so it is motivating me to get fit(I can do about 22km, but have to do more before 10 Nov)
I've actually haven't lost anything since June, although I've been eating healthy and so on. That is very fustrating for me, I know I am doing everything right, but my body is not playing with.
I have had to make some other serious lifestyle changes in my life (not related to dieting though) and I can say that it is a long road to get to your goal. Like you have said quick fixes don't work and you need a change in mindset. I had seriously bad destructive habits that I just could not continue without causing long term effects on my health. I know that medical problems cause weight gain but often it is bad eating and lifestyle habits. Unfortunately (like in my case) these long standing habits are not easily erased and if the root of the cause for the habits are not resolved, you will continue to struggle for the rest of your life. Therefore if there is an emotional reason for the food choices that one makes, one needs to address that first. I would recommend getting a good therapist who can help you if needed. Hypnotherapy worked wonders for me - but not everyone likes it or finds it beneficial.
For me it took years to resolve the root behind my destructive behaviors and I am still working hard at it! But I can say that if you put your mind to something and are determined to do it - YOU CAN DO IT!!
My LG is my inspiration. I know that if I engage in destructive behaviors (like my mother did) I will likely pass it on to her as well. This thought chills me to the bone and that is why I stay motivated, even if I struggle at times. I know you are not pregnant yet, so therefore it must be hard to imagine that your choices directly impacts another person (apart from your husband), but that is what happens if you are blessed with a life that you care for - quite a responsibility!
From my own small dieting adventures - Don't buy foods that you know you shouldn't be eating! Don't have a stock of unhealthy foods like biscuits, sweets, chips in your pantry! Stock up on foods that you can enjoy. Popcorn, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. If you make good choices in the supermarket it is easier to stick to a healthier lifestyle.
I totally hear you about the exercise. I am by nature not a fitness type of person, rather give me a philosophy book to read!! I would encourage you to find something that you enjoy (This is hard if you don't enjoy fitness programs!). Perhaps walking is more your thing?. Strangely as I started doing exercise more often I started to feel much better about myself, my posture has improved and I would say it is a great booster for your self-image. For me, once I started to experience the benefits of the exercise I would start looking forward to it! I guess your brain knows that you will be releasing feeling good hormones when you exercise!