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Old 03-22-2010, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I joined Curves 2 months ago and I really love it, but along with fun workouts should come some dieting - and I just have such a hard time eating less. I love to cook and I love to eat. Just looking for some tips and what has worked for others. I have 3 children and I work and I also help run my husbands business - I'm very busy - oh and we have 2 dogs - by 4 pm I'm so exhausted... HELP...
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I belong to a gym, but it's not curves, I also have 3+ kids and a nutty life. I also love to cook, which is a good thing because healthy living and dieting almost require home cooking. And as much as I love to cook, I love to eat even more. I too used to be exhausted by 4:00pm, but now that I've lost some weight and work out everyday, I'm more and more like the Energizer Bunny.

So far I've lost 53 pounds and basically what I'm doing is little things, but overall it's helping the whole family. A healthy mom = a healthy family. I chart my intake on fitday and the calories I burn working out. I don't chart all my activity, just the workouts, the rest is based on my lifestyle. My daily goal is to keep my intake around 1600 calories and my burn at right around 3000+. Most days I make that easily enough because I measure almost everything I eat and try very hard to stop at a serving size, I also start every morning with a 30-60 minute trot on the elliptical - before the kids get up.

I've switched the whole house over to whole grain 35 calorie/slice bread and whole grain pasta. This alone has taken 4 pounds off my somewhat chubby 8 year old DD. I've also committed to one veggie and one fruit in every lunch every day, across the board, even me and hubby. I keep a huge bowl of fruit in the middle of the kitchen island, and a full drawer of veggies in the refrigerator. For after school snacks, you can have a bit of junk if you eat a piece of fruit or have something whole grain or high protein first. So if you want a handful of cheesy puffs, you'd do well to eat an apple or a cup of yogurt before you ask mom to get the puffs down.

Cereal options in our house also tend to be healthier, but I've had to give in on the ones my 6 year old will eat. She's not a morning person and skinny as a broomstick, so we still have some sugar coated options. I also keep a stock of granola bars handy, for the crazy morning rush, breakfast is the most important meal of the day blah blah blah. I've stopped buying poptarts and toaster pastries, they have a lot of empty calories and I can eat a whole box without pausing to breathe.

In our house we use both skim milk and low-fat no sugar added soy milk. I try and keep the milk to like 80-90 calories per cup or less. I've changed over from sour cream to fat free Greek yogurt, which makes a dynamite veggie dip as well. I only buy low-fat cheese and fat free cottage cheese. I may in time change back to the low-fat versions, but at this point I'm still trying to lose. I also try and serve seafood twice a week, and not the breaded/deep fried/frozen out of a box kind.

For myself I try and do the following every day:
3 pieces of fruit, and none of them after dinner
6-10 servings of vegetables
1-2 servings of carbs that are whole grain and low-cal
3-4 servings of lean protein, at least 1 of them low-fat dairy
10-12 8oz glasses of water
log calories on fitday
30-60 minutes of workout.
carry a pedometer and hit 10,000 steps

It's taken me 4-5 months to get all that going, it didn't all happen in one day, and there are still some changes that I would like to make. I struggle with it some days more than others, but I'm committed to it for the long haul.

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Old 03-23-2010, 02:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For those of us who like to cook but have picky eaters Hungry Girl is a good source for learning how to tweak old favorites in a more healthful way. I'm starting to get myself in a good place as far as sticking to the diet, now trying to divert some attention to the family. I have 2 kids, one is 6 and also rail thin. VERY picky eater, like her father. The other is 2 and will eat pretty much anything except meat, and he's been picky about the veggies lately. He's working on molars, so I'm sure that doesn't help. Can't get them to eat whole wheat, but I am sneaking in the high-fiber white breads and pastas. I don't do Curves but I do go to the gym, supposed to be 3 times a week but lately it's only been 2, gotta get better about that. You don't have to change all at once, just try to make today a little better than yesterday. Little changes add up over time.

Oh, if you do a google search instead of the link it's hungry-girl. If you don't put the - in, you get some less than g-rated sites lol.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for all your ideas - I think I can incorporate most of these into our life I would like to lose about 40 - 50 pounds by Christmas - I've lost 7 lbs since January 20th. Also my 9year old son is very obese and I'm concerned for his health and his future - time to DO IT and not just keep saying we're going to do something about it. Thanks for your support
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Thank you so much for all your ideas - I think I can incorporate most of these into our life I would like to lose about 40 - 50 pounds by Christmas - I've lost 7 lbs since January 20th. Also my 9year old son is very obese and I'm concerned for his health and his future - time to DO IT and not just keep saying we're going to do something about it. Thanks for your support
Great job on the weight loss!!! My 8 year old daughter is on the chubby side too, but she's lost 4 pounds since Christmas and is not dieting in the least. She takes her lunch every day now, and we've had a long talk about the contents of the snack bar... She's also a member of the swim club and that has been huge in getting her to burn calories. Now that the season is over, I've been taking her to the pool a couple times of week to stay in condition for the next session. She loves it. And let me just say the swim club is a great place for chubby kids, since they float more easily than skinny kids they're very competitive. Seriously. And I also give a very high thumbs up on the Wii Fit Plus, my kids will play it for hours and when they play they aren't laying on the couch tossing down munchies.

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