I don't like to move it (move it)!
January 3, 2011 12:59 PM Subscribe
I'm about 25 lbs heavier than I'd like to be, and need information and motivation to help me get started eating better and moving more. I've previously lost a considerable amount of weight (growing up I had weight issues, and topped out at around 210. I'm a 5'6" female, and currently weigh 165) but that was mainly through very controlled eating, and while I was a smoker. I've quit smoking and now live with my boyfriend, which has led to me loosening up on my eating. In some ways that has been good, but has also led to weight gain.
posted by odayoday to health & fitness (23 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I've lost around 10 lbs several times in the past few years though diets and exercise, but have trouble maintaining healthy changes for more than a month or so. When I'm eating well I usually have a protein and fruit smoothie for breakfast, a salad with fruit and a homemade low-fat dressing for lunch, grapes and apples or some other fruit as snacks through the day, and some sort of bean or white meat and vegetable dinner. This style of eating was mainly influenced by Eat to Live, and is a diet I enjoy when I can stick to it. I've also done South Beach, but enjoy it less, and feel that the emphasis on eating fruits and vegetables in Eat to Live is ultimately healthier in terms of lifelong disease prevention, if not in weight loss. There was an AskMefi earlier, though, that discussed hormones and blood sugar, and the effects a low carb diet has on hunger and weight loss, so I'm wondering if I'm maybe not eating enough protein.
Mainly I'm looking for books that can give me information and motivation to get myself together and start making my health a priority. I've started the c25k program (which has worked well for me before), but I'm still not confident that I'll keep that up, or add other forms of exercise. Any advice or motivating stories (or blogs) would also be appreciated!