CiaoBella

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About CiaoBella

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  1. FitKing all good points and info, Sleep is too often not thought about, drinking green tea or Oolong Tea, adding 5lb weights to any workout (even chair exercises) while walking etc. and sustainable food choices versus calories in a glass I agree on all points. Your a beast wth on your weight loss and staying true to your commitment to yourself!
  2. Lol you can do it try Stevia I like it and Iess guilt
  3. Hi Redneckbooda, the obvious is to set a daily calorie goal and work to meet that goal each day. 5 days ago I set a goal of 1200 calories a day and each day I blew through that goal by like 1600 calories over but each day I blew through it a little less by a few calories. To me that's a win! I also started to weigh myself every morning as soon as I brush my teeth. I write the date and weight and put it away in my bathroom cabinet. Why everyday? Well I read it's better for me to weigh myself every morning before I start my day as a reminder of my commitment to do better today! Each day you get to try again. Take a full picture of yourself in tight (revealing) clothes facing front and facing sideways once a month (same date each month). Some people have said they see a difference more in pictures than the scale shows progress. Measure your chest, waist, hips, neck, mid upper arm, mid thigh, mid calf once a week. People have said sometimes you will lose inches before you notice a scale or picture change. Drink lots of water (half your weight in ounces) so 150 ounces a day should be your goal. Meals - a portion of meat and carbs should be the size of your palm for each. Not a lot I know but add some green veggies and it makes a difference. When you sit down to eat your plate should be colorful that's how you make sure your getting in all your food groups. The portions should be 25% protein, 25% carbs, 50% healthy greens. Go easy on the white, tan and yellow colored foods. Choose baked or stir fried over fried. Easy on salt, try cumin for seasoning instead of salt. Try stevia instead of sugar. Use olive oil, coconut oil to cook with. Smoothies are great healthy option for a meal replacement like breakfast - if you don't have one invest in a bullet it will change your life! Make sure the smoothie has some antioxidants like a handful of blueberries or strawberries, 8oz of almond or soymilk if you want creaminess or 8 oz water if you don't, add a scoop or two of a good quality (low sugar/low carb) protein mix (look for something natural like Visalus (thats one example I like but there are others), add a handful of greens like spinach or spring greens to your smoothie you won't notice a change in taste and it's a way to get in a portion of greens. Also add a 1/2 avocado wedge or 1 table spoon of coconut oil or olive oil to your smoothie. You need a healthy fat to help with digestion and it will help you feel full longer. Density- think of eating less dense. Food weight is food weight whether it's healthy or not. If you weigh a 1/2 lb of grapes off the stem and weigh a 1/2 lb hamburger they both weigh the same but you can eat a lot more grapes then the same weight in hamburger and it's a healthier choice! Soda drinker? Plan to get off soda, it's high in calories and sugar with no health benefits. Whatever your intake is do one can or bottle less each day until your down to zero. Try flavored seltzer water, it takes getting used to but will give you the fizz you crave with some sweetness and NO or little sugar! It also has zero calories so win win! If your not ready for that then switch to Coke Zero as a progression. Your tastebuds won't know the difference, trust me. Walk, follow this program, shoot for healthier choices (instead of chips, choose popcorn) instead of take out cook something simple but healthy, be ready for the random snack cravings by having available 2-3 portions in your purse or backpack of a healthy low calorie, low sugar, high fiber granola bar, a hand full of almonds, a sandwich size baggie of popcorn, etc. and a bottle of water to chase each snack down. It will fill you up with good stuff and fill the hunger need. Cheats - If you absolutely have to have that Wendys Burger or Crispy Chicken Sandwich then have it but skip the fries and get a baked potato and drink water, flavored seltzer or Coke Zero instead. Allow the occasional cheat but modify with some better choices also. You can do this, I will do it with you. I need a buddy to help me practice what I preach. Knowing all this great information is great and it helps but I still need to follow through and it's not always easy. If it was I wouldn't be 80 lbs over weight. But I have educated myself with what needs to be done so I have the tools, I'm ready to get started. Reach out to me if you want to do this with me.
  4. I'm really starting at ground zero here and I have a bad back and bum ankle. After a very short period (like minutes) my lower back spasms and I have to sit where ever I am (even if it's on the curb) but the good news is that after a short break my back relaxes and I can get back up until the next spasm. The better news is that I've noticed in the past that if I continue this each day I can last longer between spasms so I'm encouraged by that reality. Running doesn't seem likely since my ankle doesn't have full ROM but if I can get to walking I know I'm doing my body good so my SMART goal is to walk, every day and increase my steps each day.
  5. CClem33 the past is behind you and the future is what ever you want it to be! That's what great about life, each day we wake up is a new opportunity to make the day whatever we want it to be. I'm 53 and the heaviest I've ever been so today is my day 1, we all have to start somewhere (even if it's starting over). It's always about timing and this time is the right time for you so stay positive and motivated.
  6. Good morning LeaseDTA, I'm new too just signed up saw your post (and no replies) and couldn't leave you hanging so welcome, good luck, stay positive, we can do this!
  7. Hi all I wanted to introduce myself, I'm Bella and just registered with this site. I saw someone on Facebook posting about this site and how she ran for 60 seconds and thought "huh 90 seconds"? Thinking it was a typo I didn't think much of it until she posted another odd timeframe. I then read the comments for that post and learned about this site and thought wow ok this makes sense so here I am. It sounded like a perfect place for me to start since running only happens "never" for me and the closest to running for me would be a brisk "holy cow it's raining cats and dogs and I have no umbrella"!! (I'm sure many can relate). Anyway here I am, day one!