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Besides keeping track of calories, what else are you doing to maintain your overall health?

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  • angmarie28angmarie28 Member Posts: 2,166 Member Member Posts: 2,166 Member
    running a minimum of 1 mile a day 5 days a week
    Lifting 5 days a week minimum for 30-60 minutes
    Plexus triplex for gut health (it has helped me so much, I have bad GI issues, and this stuff has releaved majority of my gut issues)
    Lots of water.
    less TV
    quit working so much, working just 1 job and covering only occasionally at 2nd job instead of working some 14 hour days, and 60 hours a week
  • whmscllwhmscll Member Posts: 2,252 Member Member Posts: 2,252 Member
    Minimal red meat
    Plant-based dinners 2-3 times a week (black beans, tofu), otherwise fish, chicken or sometimes shrimp
    Zero cured meats including bacon (I have some health issues)
    A serving of whole-grain carbs at each meal
    Fresh fruit for snacks as much as possible (this does not always happen!)
    Very limited alcohol (special occasions or a glass of wine once or twice a month with dinner)
    No-holds-barred dinner splurges on special occasions (alcohol, red meat, cheese, decadent desserts, whatever I want...special occasions are maybe 6 times a year)
    Eat a good source of protein at each meal
    Exercise (hiking, bought a spin bike and a step for home, home-based weight workouts)
    Limit news intake

  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,548 Member Member Posts: 3,548 Member
    Nothing special. Just being mindful of my eating habits and portions, always trying to eat nutritious food with lots of vegetables, fruit for desert instead of pastry or sweets, cooking mostly at home (no much choice in the matter with COVID around...), very little alcohol, if any. Moving around as much as possible in the house (increasing my NEAT), walking everyday, if possible, and doing calisthenic at home with light weights.

    I don't track calories or wt. and log food in a consistent/frequent manner, but after being in maintenance for 10 years, what ever I do seems to be working.
  • seltzermint555seltzermint555 Member Posts: 10,376 Member Member Posts: 10,376 Member
    I make good quality sleep a major priority in my life. 8 hours minimum, no matter what.
  • tictoeresttictoerest Member Posts: 9 Member Member Posts: 9 Member
    I have gotten better about eating vegetables, taking walks, and cutting out toxic relationships. I also save watching/reading the news for right before a workout- I find it so aggravating.

    The mainstream media/press and television is propaganda and rot. I stopped watching television years ago. I removed by television from my living room. It's a waste of time and controls you more than you think. They are very good about subliminal messages. If you tell a lie to someone over and over again they will eventually believe the lie.
    Then you have the computer. Delete your big tech fakebook, twitter, etc. That's garbage as well. They censor and push their propaganda too. Find free speech alternatives.

    For physical activity I lift weights at home. I just use dumbbells. There are many exercises you can do with dumbbells, but you really need to emphasize form. Slow and controlled will get you there and start with light weights. I've injured myself a few times in the past trying to progress to heavier weight when my form was all off. There is also a lot of bad advice from fitness buffs online. They may tell you to focus on something that really doesn't need a ton of focus on and you end up being overly conscious about a certain movement which ends up causing problems in another part of the movement. Everything with a grain of salt when listening to advice. Also, if you're getting a nagging pain then it's likely you're doing something wrong. You'll get stronger lifting lighter weights with really good form versus bad form with heavy weights which will injure you immediately or eventually.

    I rarely drink, not to say it's not okay to have a drink occasionally but getting drunk is bad. One or two drinks is okay.

    Get enough sleep. Sleep is probably the most important. 7-8 hours of sleep like they say.

    Don't let the bogus covid nonsense scare you. Statistics show you're more likely to die in a car accident than from covid. It's all a political scam. Statistics and Science prove it's a scam being perpetrated to put fear into the public and with fear comes more control from those evil people. No fear, except the fear of God which is the most important!
    edited November 6
  • 1poundatax1poundatax Member Posts: 124 Member Member Posts: 124 Member
    Drinking water
    Exercising at least 150 min. per week
    Get outside as much as possible/walk
    onnect with others via technology or phone
  • AlexandraFindsHerself1971AlexandraFindsHerself1971 Member Posts: 1,602 Member Member Posts: 1,602 Member
    In addition to the calorie issue, I'm trying to keep myself feeling good about myself by making sure I'm wearing pretty clothes that fit as I go down in size. I do yoga every day to keep myself flexible and strong, and I am working on making sure I take my medication and supplements every day because I need them and feel rotten when I don't. I work hard on doing the organizational things that are harder to do with ADHD but are very necessary because of it, and doing what I'm supposed to do when I'm supposed to do it, because it really is easier that way.
    And I'm working on being the sort of person I want to be, in my family circle and in the wider world. Let my theology be my biography, and my actions be my testimony.
  • KarmelaLKarmelaL Member, Premium Posts: 3 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3 Member
    I ascribe to the "MEDS" way: Meditation + Exercise + Diet + Sleep. Since Covid (and the subsequent loss of motivation to live well), I've gotten help from mobile apps that have gamified these things. For example:
    • Meditation: I use the "Calm" app. Aside from the availability of hundreds of guided meditations, I love how it keeps track of your streaks.
    • Exercise: I wear a Fitbit Inspire 2 (to accurately count calories burned) which then feeds into MFP. The Fitbit mobile app is also terrific for counting steps and keeping track of your exercise trends.
    • Diet: I use MFP religiously to track my food and water. Data from my Fitbit is also automatically integrated into MFP.
    • Sleep: I wear my Fitbit to bed and have the sleep settings on "sensitive." It's mostly accurate.

    And then for quality of life, here are some other apps that have helped during Covid:
    • Bookly: Keeps track of books that I'm reading, number of pages, number of days I've been reading, etc.
    • Zombies, Run! TERRIFIC running app that has gamified running for me. I now look forward to running outside, even in cold weather.
    • Tabata: Very simple timer that lets you program alternate exercise + rest periods.
    • Onelife Anywhere: the mobile app of my gym that includes all kinds of exercises you can do at home.
  • nanastaci2020nanastaci2020 Member Posts: 770 Member Member Posts: 770 Member
    I take time for ME. As a mother, wife, daughter, sister, employee: that did not always happen in the past. I'd go a year before finally getting around to getting my hair trimmed. Routine dental and doctor visits? Did not have the time. But now I'm making the time. They are little things, but if I'm going to take care of myself (in terms of being a healthy weight, getting regular exercise) then I need to take care of ME in other ways as well.
  • willboywonderwillboywonder Member, Premium Posts: 31 Member Member, Premium Posts: 31 Member
    I drink plain water, 5-7 cups per day. I find that to be the key in reaching and maintaining my goals.
  • backinthesaddleagain57backinthesaddleagain57 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    I do intermittent fasting in addition to counting calories, walk every day and drink lots of water.
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Member Posts: 6,170 Member Member Posts: 6,170 Member
    I don't track my calories. I base my lunch on vegetables and my snack is usually an apple or banana with nuts. Dinner is usually protein and more veggies and we add in a carb and sometimes cheese. I do cardio daily and strength train 2 or more days. My stress relief is running outside with music after work, walking my dogs, reading, and YouTube.
  • jwonderrjwonderr Member, Premium Posts: 19 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19 Member
    I play cello when I'm really angry or frustrated
  • __TMac____TMac__ Member Posts: 1,641 Member Member Posts: 1,641 Member
    Prioritize fruit & veg. Move every day (walks, balance, and body weight). Watch the sun come up over the lake every morning. Don’t let work take over my life. Stay home.
    edited November 24
  • brenn24179brenn24179 Member Posts: 1,976 Member Member Posts: 1,976 Member
    I watch my carbs and a new mindset, finally realize how food has caused me so much sadness and depression. So I dont need all that food!
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