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Old 11-14-2007, 12:10 PM
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Trying to get healthy.....

Im seriously thinking about doing a whole lifestyle change here...i am a college student full time, have an extremely stressful job with a bullying supervisor who makes my life a living hell every day, i dont eat right at all, dont go to the gym, smoke, and am ALWAYS feeling tired and like shit. i know this has alot to do with the fact that i am not taking care of myself at all. What im planning on doing is quitting my job and taking a few months off after i save up a little bit more money. But i need a little help as to how to change my eating habits. I'm naturally thin, so i have never had to watch what i eat - at all. If anyone has ever gone through this sort of change, how hard was it? Which should i change first? how long does it last?? TIA for all the help
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:27 PM
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when i first moved in with my bf i gained 10 pounds (which on me was a lot...). i would look into getting a gym membership or starting up yoga, that was what really jumpstarted me eating better and feeling better. once ur actually burning calories, etc, you will notice that you want healthier food...

also, sparkpeople.com is a good community for eating healthy.

pm me if you need any advice. im a total gym rat now, eat healthy during the week and can still go out with the guys on the weekend... you will just feel sooooo much better.
also: quit smoking!!!!! itll suck for like 3 weeks but that makes a huge diff (i did it like 3 years ago, ill never start again)
congrats on starting to take care of yourself!! im in the middle of midterms/finals.. so i kno how u feel with school
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:40 PM
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I think the single best thing you could do for yourself is to quit smoking. Congrats to you for coming to the realization that you need to take care of your health. I wish you the best!
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:08 PM
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I'd just like to give you this advice.

Take baby steps. Pick out what is most important to you and start with that at first. Gradually it will all come together and you will have the complete change you want.

Also, from one smoker to another, I'm not going to tell you not to quit. If you want to quit more awesome power to you. But make sure you are going to do it for yourself and that it's really the right time for you. I've tried and failed so many times because either I quit for other people (read: a stupid boy) or just tried to force myself to be ready before I wanted to actually kick the habit.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:18 PM
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i think everyone so far offers excellent advice.

i would like to add that you should try and focus on moderation in your life, and start slowly. don't try to go extreme in any one direction (ie. going to the gym 7 days a week for an hour each day...you'll only be able to keep that up for so long before you aren't able to anymore).

if i don't feel like going to the gym, i've learned to trick myself. i'll bring my workout clothes to work and change here and not allow myself to stop at home inbetween because i know that once i step into the house i'll never leave. i tell myself that i only need to go for 10 minutes and walk on the treadmill. once i am there and walking, i find that once i get started, i usually pick up the pace and get a 20 minute run in with some weight lifting. any exercise will do wonders for relieving stress. yoga really is a great place to start too.

i also don't believe in denying myself anything. i never tell myself that i can't have anything because then that is all i really want to have. i just make sure to have reasonable portions and have it in moderation.

i am also thin. i think you know that just because you are thin doesn't always mean you eat right or are healthy.

i did switch to eating healthier and more exercise and ending up losing too much weight (not good). make sure that if you are doing this (for example switching out your starbucks frappacino with a non-fat latte) that you are still getting enough calories during the day. and water and hydration really does wonders for feeling better and "cleansed".
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:39 PM
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I'd get a few books by John Robbins, and start to change your diet.
Edited to say- yes, I made a drastic change like that a few years ago. Changed jobs, then changed the diet. It made me a new woman.
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I went through the same sort of thing starting a few years ago. The first thing I did was quit smoking. That was actually the easiest part for me. I also cut back on drinking/partying, also pretty easy.

Changing my eating habits was harder cause I was a full time college student and was also working -- there just weren't a lot of quick healthy options available. I started carrying water everyday and ziploc baggies of raw veggies and pretzels or nuts or whatever else was small enough to carry. It took maybe an extra 5 minutes of prep time in the AM and since I already had stuff in my bag there was no temptation to eat crap. I also started cooking a lot more, whenever I had free time and putting the stuff in the fridge so I'd have a few different options to reheat throughout the week.

Working out was the hardest part... For a while I was in a really good groove, but I have been slacking lately. Maybe you can workout with a friend or take a class with someone -- I know that motivates some people, for me all it motivates me to do is waste time talking to them though
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That is wicked that you are working to make some changes! Starting to exercise is huge, and can make it easier to change your diet and to quit smoking. I smoked for a few years, and when I quit, I was a social smoker for about a year. That was easier to cut out completely when I stepped the exercise up a notch.

For healthy eating, John Robbins is good but his tone can be a little grating for some people and I know that if I'd tried to read his stuff a few years back, I would have put it down and ignored it. I'd recommend Eat to Live and I think that Dean Orbach has a good book but I haven't read it. Volumetrics is good and really easy to follow for a good "first step" into healthy eating. The basics, of course, are eat lots of fruits and vegetables!
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:02 PM
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Thanks for all the help and great advice, its really encouraging and it seems doable instead of a daunting task i already have a gym membership, and havent been there in about a year. the first two things i really want to do is quit my job and that will make it soo much easier to quit smoking because the stress will be gone at that point. im actually looking forward to a healthier and new me in 2008.
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I second baby steps - if you try to do it all at once it will seem too overwhelming. I was just reading yesterday how things like caffeine, red meat and alcohol actually make the cigarette cravings worse. If you start to eat healthier it will make you feel better and it might be easier to control the cravings. Quitting the job will also free up some time to go to the gym
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:09 PM
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Yay! We can make lifestyle changes together. I haven't been the best in terms of diet or exercise either.

I agree with others - try to quit smoking. It's hard, but worth it in the long run...as you probably already know. Also, my little tid bit of advice...I've lost maybe 10 pounds in the last few months (well, I actually gained 20 pounds in a year and now started losing it again) and the only thing I've really changed is cutting out sodas (unless diet), stopped eating before bedtime and taking stairs and walking whenever I need to go anywhere. These things weren't too hard for me to change, so I agree with others...baby steps are key.

I still need to work on some things...maybe we could form a AF boot camp thread where we can post and keep each other accountable for working out and diet and other healthy habits.
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Another member posted the Couch-to-5K Running Plan a while ago. I want to try it... Cool Running :: The Couch-to-5K Running Plan

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I still need to work on some things...maybe we could form a AF boot camp thread where we can post and keep each other accountable for working out and diet and other healthy habits.
Great idea! I would love to join!
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:09 AM
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^I love the idea of the boot camp thread! I need one!

And C25K is amazing. I now run 5-7 miles 3-4x/week and I would never have thought I could do it...
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:22 AM
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I like to keep a food diary, etiher in a small notebook, or by using Fitday.com

I find its easier to control my diet when I actually have to record everything.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:55 AM
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I like to keep a food diary, etiher in a small notebook, or by using Fitday.com

I find its easier to control my diet when I actually have to record everything.
i use fitday too. mostly to monitor my percentages (fat vs. protein vs. carbs)
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:50 AM
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Did I hear someone say Boot Camp???

I do these with my personal training clients and they love them!

I run them ragged, but we have heaps of fun at the same time. I have about 6 different routines that I use.

I'd recommend them to anyone who gets bored at the gym, and prefers to train outdoors even though I had to cancel a class today due to it being nearly 40C here today!)
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:47 PM
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^I love the idea of the boot camp thread! I need one!

And C25K is amazing. I now run 5-7 miles 3-4x/week and I would never have thought I could do it...
Okay, my eyes just rolled into the back of my skull. The last person that needs a boot camp thread is you Jess. Anyone that can run for more than a mile without stopping does not need a boot camp. Sheesh.
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