Diet Or Exercise To Lose Weight?

diet and exerciseI have to admit something to everyone. I hate to say it out loud lest to make it seem more real but here goes….I’ve gained almost 25 pounds since I quit smoking. Doesn’t that just suck??? It’s sickening. Don’t worry, I won’t smoke again but I just hate being in this boat. I lost 50 pounds 12 or so years ago and slowly over time I’ve put it all back on PLUS this latest weight.

So it was ironic to me that this was on the  Good Question the other night. When I lost the weight before, I started running and then slowly added other things as I hit plateau’s. I found that I’d be going along and lose 10 pounds or so and no more would seem to come off until I started something else like lifting weights and then rollerblading. I just kept adding more and more until I got to where I wanted to be. Then for reasons that are too hard to explain, I just slowly gained it all back.

The question is can you just diet or do you need to exercise too? I found for me, that I needed both. I lost the weight slowly. 2-3 pounds a week is what I shot for. I’d eat whatever I wanted for suppers but my snacking really changed and I just stopped buying tempting high fat and calorie foods because at midnight, you can talk yourself into almost anything.

I’ve been thinking for a week or so what should I do. I don’t seem to have a whole lot of initiative but I hate to let myself get any bigger so I know I have to do this and I have to start now. I wanted to join a health club and get a trainer for a while but man, it’s an hour drive time and I know myself well enough to know that won’t last. Especially with winter just heading this way so Paul and I started walking last night at the high school. They have open gym on Weds and Sundays and Toby, Sue and the kids go sometimes so I can now say, we started. I walked with the oxygen tank last night and it all went pretty well. I felt stupid so I’d like to try it next time without. But I didn’t lose my breath and it felt good. Now I just need to empty the house of all the bad food.

What about all of you? Do you need to lose a few? How do you do it? Do you starve yourself or do you do a little of both, diet and exercise? Anyone want to do this together?

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27 Responses to Diet Or Exercise To Lose Weight?

  1. javajunkee says:

    It amazes me how I am just asking somebody else a question about something and then one of you asks it on here. I am not even shitting you. I have lost 20 lbs and am still wearing the same size of jeans…it’s pissing me the hell off .. I was talking to my daughter about it..what the hell.? So apparently as much as I hate to think about it “I” am going to have to exercise in order to “tone” what I have lost cuz right now it’s gone but it’s still there..does that make sense?
    I am looking at joining the Y just cuz it’s gonna be getting cold and I wont’ walk out on the snow and ice..I am not a winter person in case I have never made that really clear. 🙂

    • Joy says:

      I think you lose a certain amount by diet alone but it only will take you so far and you need to add more. Is the Y a reasonable price to join? You gotta get a buddy system going.

      • javajunkee says:

        I dont know ..I need to call them. They used to be pretty expensive but familes couldn’t afford it and I think they may have lowered their prices??? I can let you know. 🙂

  2. SKL says:

    I can’t believe you wrote this, because just today I was thinking, “I need to lose some weight, and I wish I had someone I could comiserate (sp?) with.

    I only need to lose about 5 lbs to be OK with myself, and 10 lbs would be super. But my self-control has been really sucky lately. I really want to get where I ought to be before Thanksgiving (because you know how things go after that), which is do-able as long as I don’t get lazy. But lately, I’ll have one good day followed by a guilty day over and over again. Yuck. I’ve been sick a lot for the past 2 months, and I still have some junk in my lungs, but I’m not so bad that I need to baby myself at this point.

    OK, so here’s how it works for me. It’s at least 90% diet. Which means I eat the stuff I normally try to eat, without adding goodies. So when I get the munchies, I eat some fresh fruits or vegetables and maybe some plain nuts instead of my kids’ cereal or a box of cheddar rice crisps.

    I can’t seem to exercise consistently, nor do I really need to in order to lose weight. I like the way it makes me feel, but it’s hard to get time to do it on a regular basis. So for me, I rely on diet to lose weight.

    So I’ll keep ya posted on whether I make lasting progress toward my goal, and you can do the same. Maybe this will motivate me more. I’ve never tried the “buddy” thing before, so here goes!

    • Joy says:

      I think if we talk about it more often we can help each other out. I also find it’s sooooo hard only losing a few pounds. That last few are hard to take off.

    • SKL says:

      I agree with a special space or feature on the blog.

      I wish I had something good to report. Well, I guess I do – I was good every other day this past week. And I was bad the rest of the days.

      I think I’m doing better behavior-wise, on average, but I haven’t lost weight. Maybe one pound, but it’s hard to tell because I don’t weigh myself first thing in the morning (before I eat/drink).

      I have less than a week to make a real change. Hafta be strong!

  3. Tony says:

    I have put weight on since I quit smoking about 14 years ago. But then I wonder if I hadn’t quit maybe I would still have put weight on as I got older anyway. At least I don’t cough, wheeze & gasp anymore when I exert myself.

    • Joy says:

      That’s true enough Tony. I love not wheezing anymore. I think that and not having my computer and desk full of ashes is my favorite part of quitting.

  4. mssc54 says:

    I think this will varry from person to person.

    I have a friend who lost over 50 pounds because he stopped eating supper. He would eat during the day but never even snacked after 6pm.

    • Joy says:

      That would be really hard for me. Supper is really the only meal I eat with consistency. It’s easy for me to overlook lunch and forget about it and I’ve never been a breakfast eater so I love supper. I do know though that the later in the day you eat, the worster bad it is for you.

  5. nikki says:

    I think exercise and healthy eating is good for ALL of us!! I need to get on that wagon too and stay on it! I’ve gained 10-15 lbs since June. I lack ambition really, I chase after little ones all day. I simply don’t feel like working out. It’s boring to me. Once I fall into a rut it’s hard for me to get back into it.
    I think it’s the biggest blessing for our family that you quit smoking! I know you can lose the weight, it’s in you! When you want something you get it, you are strong willed like that! I wish we lived closer so we can do this together!!!
    Getting the bad food out of the house will only benifit both you and Paul!!! (just hide the candy for us)
    I know for some all they have to do is watch what they eat. And for others they can eat all they want as long as they work out. I don’t think either of those ways are great long term solutions. You have to do both to truly be healthy inside and out. Now I’m gonna read back what I wrote and hopefully take my own advice!!!!

    • Joy says:

      I wish we lived closer for this too NIkki. I thought long and hard about joining Golds in Buffalo but I know I won’t make that drive when the weather gets bad and I need to start now. Maybe later on I’ll have to. The high school is only open twice a week. How I wish it were open twice that. When you do it with someone else you have such good support. When you’re alone, it’s so easy to talk yourself out of it or saying you’ll do it “later.”

  6. Sue says:

    You probably don’t want me to comment, but too bad! Find something you enjoy doing first off. Something you know you can stick with. A big part of it is changing the way you eat and snack, plain and simple. One of the ladies here at work has recently lost 35lbs and she’s walking a half hour a day and using portion control. She hasn’t cut out anything just cut back into what a normal portion size would be. You have to take into consideration what you eat AND drink. There’s lots of empty calories is some of those beverages! If you ever want to walk during the day I will go with you, just ask! You can do it b/c you want to and we’re all here for you 🙂

    • Joy says:

      I don’t know why you’d think I didn’t want you to comment. I do. I won’t give up the beer but I’ll give up everything else. I’d give up supper for those few at night. The cigarettes were enough to give up so the few beers I have at night stay.

      My taste buds have really changed since I gave up the smokes so now I eat so different. Not more, but different. I like chocolate now. Not chocolate as much as caramel! Dang!! Laffy taffy is doing me in too. I do have to say I’m also into fruit and I’ve even tried yogurt and found some flavors of that that I like. I love that whipped kind.

      I’m starting with the walking and progress to a jog and we’ll see what happens. All I know is it can’t hurt.

  7. Laura says:

    This one is a hot-button for me. I am way overweight, and get discouraged every single time I try to lose weight. I’m one of those who have tried everything that I didn’t have to pay for, except Weight Watchers, which I’ve done twice.

    I am able to lose up to 20 lbs without backlash. After that? It seems like it doesn’t matter WHAT I do, or what I eat, the weight is coming back on. A couple years ago, I trained for about 6 months for a 5K. I ran 5 days a week, cut back on portions, ate good food, and lost a total of 3 pounds. Talk about frustration.

    So now I’m back in the research phase. I’m looking at “Metabolism Syndrome” – a situation that some doctors won’t even recognize as real – and finding that, perhaps, that’s what I have, without the negative side effects (high cholesterol, high BP, etc) – yet. My other research involves insulin resistance, which I also think is part of my problem. And I just realized that I have ventured WAAAY into TMI-Land, here.

    Anyway, I’m already hitting the treadmill [almost] every day, but could use a little check-in now and again. I’m trying to sort out the diet thing, too. So count me in… I could do to be a little healthier, anyway, even if I lose the weight war!

    • Joy says:

      I can’t even imagine how I’d feel if I did all you did and nothing came off. There has to be a way. I know for me, it’s getting off my rear end. I tend to be very lazy and think I’ll do it “later.” Once I’m on a roll I’m okay and the weight comes off. I kept it off for 8 years and it was my own fault it came back on.

      Should we maybe have some kind of a day where we can talk about it. Tell what we’ve done and share our progress? We may be able to help motivate each other if we talk about it weekly.

      What does everyone think? Or we could have a diet page in itself?? Let me know what you all think.

  8. kweenmama says:

    I am one of those who believes you need to do both. Eat a healthy diet AND exercise. As long as the exercise is something you enjoy, it won’t seem like such a chore. I walk my dog for two miles every day and I love it, especially this time of year.

  9. Karen Joy says:

    Its not always plain and simple to just change eating habits.For some of us its more of a struggle.Ive struggled with weight my whole life.It was hard enough to keep the weight down when I had no physical ailments,I had to exercise like a mad women and follow a stricht diet to loose A pound.Now add to that needing 2 hip replacements(one is done)and another medical condition that lays me up.Well,all the hard work of taking off 50 pounds went out the window and its all back on.FRUSTRATING!About a month ago I bought a stationary bike(low impact for the hips) and am cutting back on portions,so thats my little attempt at this point.So far it hasnt resulted any loss but I think I need to focus on feeling better and not worry about the pounds.So,Im with you Joy in that I will determine to get myself moving more and eat healthier to become a healthy me!
    That recipe I just sent you..ya well,dont make that too often!LOL!!:)

  10. Laura says:

    A separate tab might be good… that way we can check in anytime!

  11. Just a Mom says:

    I have put on about 10 pounds this summer due to stress. I am back on the bandwagon now. For me I have to eat healthy and exercise. I ride my bike for 30 minutes, 5 days a week in the morning come rain or shine! I have found that I have to add weights and stomach crunches and I have to increase the amount I due every now and then. I have also found that I must give my body a break and for me I am better off with 2 days in a row of rest.

  12. Alex says:

    I followed Laura here and have been lurking ever since. I enjoy each of you and your writing.

    I would jump on the diet wagon with anyone willing! I need to lose 70 pounds. I have like Laura tried everything “free” and weight watchers more than once. I lost weight on WW several times eating prepackage food and exercising daily. My husband just bought me a bike. I loved riding in town where I lived before I got married. Now we live out in the country and it’s at least 22 miles to get to town…one way 36-45-35 the other three. I naively said on the way home with the bike….let me out 4 miles from the house and I will ride home. We had to leave to meet up for dinner with his kids in an hour….SOOOO I thought I can walk 3 miles in an hour SURELY I can ride 4 in that time. 1 1/2 hours later I can finally see the gate to the drive way. Half way home I started praying “Please send him back!!! with the truck”. He did come back for me but by then I could see the gate so I wasn’t getting in the truck.

    A check in system would be great for me like WW….a place to safely weigh and post weight each week, a supportive group, a place to get kick in the seat when needed and a place to put my head on someone’s kitchen table and whine :0)

  13. Alex says:

    My goal at this point is lower blood sugar instead of weight loss. I have started testing every morning and I know when it gets below 100 daily I am doing something right. If the weight comes off grand…if not I know I am getting healthier.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Alex, I’m glad you’re here. Okay, I’ll rearrange things and put up a page where we can post whenever we feel the need. I’m so glad you’ve joined us. I also really need the push. It’s so easy to “just talk” about it but I need more than talk and it sounds like maybe others do too.

      Don’t be a lurker. Please join us.

  14. Approximately a 12 months ago, I dropped all my baby weight. Now Thirteen lbs lighter, I would like to get rid of another 10 lbs to accomplish my college weight. For the previous year or so I have already been faithfully walking a few miles a day on the tread mill sporting a pounds vest. However the scale would not move. So after reaching a plateau, I determined it is time for the new program. And with all the hype about Wii Fit, maybe it is time for a high tech strategy to weight loss. Do you think this could be a good strategy? What do you believe I have to do? What about this particular e-book – fat loss diets?

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