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Heyy everyone (:
I'm new here. My name is Francheska. I'm trying to get toned up. I'm 18 years old. I'm 5'3" and about 125 lbs. I had my daughter last March. During pregnancy, I gained 65 lbs. (I love carrot cake.. I couldn't help it! Haha). Pre-pregnancy, I was 115 at my most. I recently got a membership to LA Fitness. I'm thinking about going grocery shopping for myself and buying a few 'goods' (as in healthy food, but sweets), but I have no idea what to get. Any suggestions? I'll be honest.. I kind of eat horribly.
Breakfast: Maybe one pancake and orange juice.
Lunch: A big kid's meal cheeseburger with french fries & water from McDonalds, lol( I'm usually out at school 9am-6pm) with a Dasani water bottle
Dinner: Rice & beans, orange juice or water

Sometimes I usually skip lunch or dinner because I get so caught up with school and then my kid.

I'm planning on changing my schedule for next week;
Monday- class from 9am-4pm, gym (cycle+abs class) at 4:30pm
Tuesday- class from 9am-4pm, gym (mat pilates) at 4:30pm
Thursday- class from 9am-4pm, gym (step sculpt) at 4:30pm

I've never worked out, so I wouldn't know what to do. I've never eaten healthy, so that's different for me too. Tips on what to do for working out and what to eat would help me a lot!

PS. I sometimes feel really upset and I give up on myself. If you all can help me and suggest how I could continue to think positive, I'd be really grateful. Thank you guys so much. (:

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Date:September 17th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
The best thing to do regarding thinking positively is to keep your focus on what you want to accomplish, and to recall what you've already done once you see progress.

For instance, when I recall the 16 pounds I dropped this summer, it prevents me from making poor food choices and encourages me to keep pushing through my exercise routine.

Your eating looks pretty okay, unless you're not including snacks on that list. Counting calories might be a good idea, and brown rice will help you most vs. all other types of rice. The beans/Mickey Dees might do the most damage, but at least you're doing the fast food at lunch (so you have the rest of the day to burn it).

Exercise = whatever you can tolerate and commit to doing regularly. For me that's cardio stuff like biking and running. Lots of cardio will help you trim pounds short-term. Weight training will help you lose weight long-term as well as help you achieve the shape goals you have.

Good luck!

P.S. If you can prevent it, don't skip meals. In fact, eating more meals (with less food at each one) is most beneficial. Maybe that means you pack healthy snacks or something to always have on hand. If I haven't killed you with my novel yet, comment back and I'll tell you what my meals look like each day.
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Date:September 17th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
I find that setting goals keeps me more motivated. I don't mean weight loss goals, because everyone's different and exercise and diet will affect you differently. That gets discouraging pretty quickly, esp since you are certain to plateau at some point. So pick something attending a cardio class for a whole semester, being able to run one mile, or two without stopping. Once you have your first goal mastered, pick a second, like running or biking a race or being able to bench press X amount of weight. By evolving your goals you can both measure your progress and keep challenging yourself, which keeps you from getting bored. Try different activities until you find the one that works for you and your schedule. Even just walking for 30 min in the evening will help, and you can take your baby with you. (Which has the added benefit of teaching good exercise habits to your child).

As for the diet, I have one thing to say: EAT MORE VEGGIES. I have trouble with this too, but its important. Right now it seems like most of your vitamins are coming from orange juice. Try substituting an actual orange for the juice... you'll get the added benefit of fiber, etc.

I am assuming you are eating Mc Donalds for lunch because you don't have time/inclination to pack a lunch. Attempt to find time to pack your lunch because you will be able to make healthier choices (more veggies). If this isn't possible, try some of the healthier fast food options, like swapping out the french fries for a salad (at least a couple days a week).
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