Recommitting to a fit lifestyle

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    May 01, 2009 5:38 AM GMT
    I'm making this thread as a way to put down in a concrete form a dedication to getting back to a healthy life.

    I thought that being in Peace Corps would actually make me lose more weight; after all, I walk everywhere and I would have thought that the food here wouldn't be so bad as American food. Alas, they make up for additives by soaking everything in oil, and I have taken too much of that into my own cooking, in addition to getting lazy about understanding what and how I'm eating. I'm not sure I've gained weight, but I feel like it, and I feel like I don't look as good as when I left, which even then wasn't where I wanted to be.

    So, I'm going to make a goal of getting back down to eating a max of 1800 calories a day, with more of a goal of 1700 or even 1600 on some days. I'm going to do this by cutting out most of the oil I normally use in cooking, start eating a greater variety of vegetables (I have basically lived on potatoes all winter), cutting down on the amount of bread and eating whole grain bread only again, and cut way down on the eating out. Plus, I'm going to track everything I eat again down to the calorie (it's the only way I ever lost weight in the past). If anyone has healthy recipes for the following ingredients, please give them to me (and don't suggest recipes with many spices in them if possible; the amount of herbs they use is limited. Maybe I can get some in Yerevan, though).

    Potatoes, Eggplant, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, a wide variety of fruits, Onion, Green Onion, rice-beans-lentils-etc., chicken, cheese, Carrots, Cabbage, Bread, Lavash (think a really thin tortilla, but made without any lard; basically just flour water and salt)

    I'm also going to include in my goal a commitment to working out at least 5 days a week again. I'm deciding on whether to go back to the gym or to just do pilates 3 days a week and some form of cardio the other 2 days. I'd kind of like to go back to the gym, but I'd also not like to spend the money, what with the Peace Corps budget being pretty small.

    Time to prove to myself that I can be healthy no matter where I'm at.
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    May 01, 2009 12:56 PM GMT
    Kick ass Chewey. You have made great progress before and I have no doubt you can do it again.
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    May 01, 2009 1:44 PM GMT
    Good luck!
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    May 01, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    Congratulations and, as MZ said, kick ass! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 01, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    I recommend multi-grain bread. When you eat it, you're going to realize what you've been missing.

    I also recommend the following: Almonds, walnuts, baby leaf spinach (another realization moment), and black beans, replace potatoes with sweet potatoes and brocolli.
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    May 03, 2009 7:03 AM GMT
    Thanks for the encouragement and the advice guys.

    Coolarmydude:

    You have no idea how much I would kill for either sweet potatoes or broccoli; alas, they have neither here. Stupid country!
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    May 03, 2009 10:26 AM GMT
    Chewy_DeltSo, I'm going to make a goal of getting back down to eating a max of 1800 calories a day, with more of a goal of 1700 or even 1600 on some days.


    I think this is really hard to do, because you will be hungry all the time.

    Another way might be to get the 2,500 cals, but run 45 mins (this burns about 600 cals), I think that makes it a lot easier to manage hunger.
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    May 03, 2009 12:32 PM GMT
    Lost_And_Found said

    I think this is really hard to do, because you will be hungry all the time.

    Another way might be to get the 2,500 cals, but run 45 mins (this burns about 600 cals), I think that makes it a lot easier to manage hunger.


    Well, I've been able to manage it in the past and so probably can again. I just need to eat more raw veggies, as they're filling and very low on calories. I definitely think 2500 is too many for me, but I'm willing to allow a flux of a couple hundred a day (max 2100 or so with a goal of 1800).
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    May 03, 2009 12:45 PM GMT
    Sure man, I forget 1600/ 1800 cals means different things to different people.

    When I've tried 'going low' though, I've found myself getting hungry, then depressed and then in Kentucky Fried Chicken. icon_wink.gif


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    May 03, 2009 12:53 PM GMT
    Lost_And_Found saidSure man, I forget 1600/ 1800 cals means different things to different people.

    When I've tried 'going low' though, I've found myself getting hungry, then depressed and then in Kentucky Fried Chicken. icon_wink.gif




    Ha! Well, one good thing about living in a developing country is that if I get hungry, I can't call up nor drive to fast food. Not that I don't miss it...
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    May 03, 2009 1:08 PM GMT
    hahaha, that's surely the best dieting tip I've ever come across.... move to Armenia!

    Good luck with your diet man!
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    May 03, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
    Go Chewey, go Chewey ... !!!