How Skinny People Stay Skinny

How do YOU stay skinny?

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What goes into a thought process of someone who stays skinny throughout their lifetime? Or are YOU someone who is skinny?

Here are some questions I found that I would like you to answer on how YOU stay skinny.   This could be helpful to those trying to lose weight and make lifestyle changes or for those trying to maintain a new weight loss.   If you are not at your goal weight, that is OK!  Please share what IS working for you and your weight loss goals.

First, if you don’t mind sharing your stats (height, weight) and how long you’ve been at that weight.  And it’s OK if you don’t want to share! (also realize that we ALL carry weight differently).

Here are the Questions

1.) What’s your typical breakfast?
2.) What’s your typical lunch?
3.) What are some typical dinners?
4.) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays?
5.) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what?
6.) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so?
7.) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all?
8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds?
9.) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often?
10.) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often?
11.) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks?

I’ll go first.

I consider myself skinny, but not overly skinny.  I feel I look average.  I’m a size 6 and I am 5’7 and 140lbs (and I fluctuate a good 3-5lbs on any given day, which is normal for our bodies to do so). I’ve been this weight since I was 20 (I am 25 now).  In high school I weighed a bit less, around 135lbs.

1) What’s your typical breakfast?

I have ALWAYS been a breakfast eater.  My parents taught me that it was important to eat a good breakfast every day.  I high school my breakfast of choice was special K with strawberries and milk.  Now-a-days, it’s not much different, I love my cereal and milk!  Sometimes I’ll have oatmeal, fruit, and eggs or an omelet with veggies, cheese and toast.  Bottom line: I almost always eat breakfast.

2) What’s your typical lunch?

I usually have a sandwich, yogurt and fruit.  Or sometimes I have leftovers from dinner.  My lunches are rarely huge and overly filling, as that makes me tired.

3) What are some typical dinners?

Vegetable stir fry with tofu or chicken, some sort of casserole, tacos or enchiladas, pizza, or breakfast for dinner.  I usually cook my meals 5 or 6 days out of the week.

4) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays?

Yes, I do.  I tend to have bigger meals and not as many snacks.  I honestly feel like I eat less on weekends, I just don’t have as much of a schedule as I do during the work week.  I also enjoy going out to eat on weekends and splurging on higher calorie foods.

5) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what?

Yes, 2-3 times a day on various things such as yogurt with fruit and nuts, hummus and crackers, or wraps with nutbutter

6) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so?

Yes, I eat way bigger meals and way more treats! But I still remain active and keep up with my workouts.

7) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all?

I think I naturally do sometimes.  If it’s Thanksgiving and I ate a ton all day, the next day I may find that my appetite is not as big.  And sometimes I’m just as hungry! I just go with it.   My activity level remains the same.

8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds?

I really don’t ever put on a few pounds above my norm, but if I did, I’d try and find out where I may be eating more than I need to.

9) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often?

Yes, 5x a week for at least 30 minutes, doing a variety of cardio and weights.  I love to break a sweat most days!

10) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often?

Rarely, they make me bloated.

11) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks?

Just water and coffee unless I am being social on weekends. I do drink beer, wine, and mixed drinks.  I actually hate juice and soda (regular and diet).

Here are some more tips on secrets of thin people:

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  • They DON’T diet
  • They keep track of their weight
  • They exercise regularly
  • They don’t solve problems with food
  • They stop eating when full
  • They don’t surround themselves with temptation
  • They allow themselves treats
  • They eat breakfast
  • They move, stand, and fidget more
  • They don’t skip meals

Questions:

Do you do any of these?

I do most of these.   The main thing for me is keeping track of my weight, not skipping meals (and planning meals!), exercising regularly, and not surrounding myself with temptations (I don’t buy many treats to keep in the house). However, I do allow myself to go out and buy something if I am really craving it, like ice cream!

Do you NOT do any of these?

I’m not a fidgeter.  My boyfriend Andy on the other hand, fidgets a lot and he has always been naturally thin!

 

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33 responses to “How Skinny People Stay Skinny

  1. I’m bad about stopping when I’m full, but I am improving. I do always eat breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day and when I get to work not only my body but my brain also has the fuel it needs!

  2. i think i stay skinny cuz im not a fan of gourmet meals.. im such a simple eater.. i always have breakfast..3 meals a day.. and then occassional snacks. i eat losts of good quality protein that builds and maintains lean muscles. i eat larger on weekends i think cuz i have more time on my hands and enjoy going out and eating. hmmm i really dont exercise much but i do walk most place since i dont drive.. and learning to enjoy life and everything makes my stress go down which helps. shopping works too right hehe

  3. Oh, I’d love to do this questionaire! I might make it a post at some point and link it back here! Would that be ok?

  4. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing this. I definitely don’t stop eating when I’m full all the time. I eat too fast is the first issue there. Otherwise, I pretty much follow those “rules”. I’m 5’2″ and go between 104-108. I exercise regularly, lift weights. I always eat breakfast and never ever skip meals. I don’t drink sodas any more (except on very very rare occasions). During holidays, I try to stick with my normal foods. Being vegetarian sometimes helps b/c I typically have to bring my own eats. Now, weekends…pizza binge time.

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  6. 1.) Typical breakfast is oatmeal, egg&toast, protein waffles/pancakes. Often my largest meal of the day – I’ve always been a morning eater too!
    2.) Typical lunch is a giant salad or a sandwich/pita with carrots or a piece of fruit. Often my lightest meal of the day.
    3.) Dinners are often salad, stir-fry, soup, chili, roast/steamed meat and veggies.
    4.) I bake more on weekends, so I eat more sweets. I’ll often go out to a restaurant too.
    5.) 2-3 snacks a day between every meal, usually around 200 calories
    6.) The biggest difference is that I’ll eat whatever is served. Sometimes I’ll go out of my way to make healthier dishes, but on holidays I eat my mom’s buttery mashed potatoes with everyone else.
    7.) I always just go with my hunger levels. I’m not as hungry after a big meal, so I don’t feel like I have to eat as much anyways.
    8.) I gained 4 pounds this past Christmas season. I did absolutely nothing after, just reverted back to my usual way of eating. It was gone after 6 weeks, and I didn’t even feel like I had to try at it.
    9.) Exercise is my LIFE! 😛 Haha. I workout about an hour a day 5-6 days a week. One day a week, I’ll go on a long walk or do easy yoga.
    10.) Yes, I use stevia when I bake sometimes. And I chew gum.
    11.) Water. Always. I don’t like anything else!

    Oh! And I’m just shy of 5’7″, have been ~130 lbs for a year (down from 155), and wear a size 6-8. Proof that we all hold our weight differently 🙂

  7. I am definitely a fidgiter…It drives my husband NUTS!!! haha! Great post by the way! I aboslutely LOVE your blog chicky!

  8. Katherine: What About Summer?

    your body has a tendency to stay at its current weight and not change. that’s why getting started losing weight is so hard; your body just wants to maintain. it’s also why gaining weight can be hard even if you ‘try.’

    • I agree! I’ve tried to do both at different points in my life and both were equally as challenging (but trying to gain was a bit more fun b/c I got to eat a ton!).

      My body fights me to stay at 140. I’ve realized you have to really make changes in your diet if you want to lose or gain and really stick with it to maintain it. For example, if I wanted to be leaner and lose 10lbs, I couldn’t just diet for 12 weeks and then go back to my old eating habits…I’d have to now maintain new eating habits and eating less overall. I am not willing to do that at this point in my life…I like eating a lot!

  9. hmm i have been around the same weight now since college! I am pretty happy with myself, like you I fluctuate!

    i ALWAYS eat breakfast tooo, i dont get those people who ‘arent hungry when they wake up” WHAT?!?! i am starving when I wake up! i look forward to brekfast more than any other meal LOL

  10. 1.) What’s your typical breakfast?
    Homemade oats or an egg with egg whites and a whole wheat English
    2.) What’s your typical lunch?
    I try to switch it up: Sometimes a salad, sometimes leftover from dinner and sometimes a sandwich. I generally try to include a veggie (green, preferably), a protein, a carb and a healthy fat. Helps me stay full!
    3.) What are some typical dinners?
    Again, switches. Love casseroles for easy leftovers. If not that, a simple protein, starch and veggie meal.
    4.) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays?
    Yes, defintely. I’m a little less rigid with my eat times and I might go out to dinner and eat a bigger dinner than I’d normally have.
    5.) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what?
    Yup! Once a day around 3:30ish
    6.) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so?
    Heck yes! I eat way more than I normally would, but don’t sweat it. I tell myself it’s one day so eat all I want and forget about it the next day!
    7.) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all?
    Sometimes I do, but I don’t go out of my way to.
    8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds?
    Go back to the basics…cut out the crap and stick to whole foods.
    9.) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often?
    YES! I am not myself without exercise! I work out 6 days a week for about 1 hr 45 min each day
    10.) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often?
    I try not to. I just cut diet soda out of my diet about 2 months ago and am using stevia products, as opposed to Splenda. But, I still have enjoyed a Diet Coke as a treat within those two months. I’m a work in progress!
    11.) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks?
    Water, water, water, coffee, seltzer water to replace my diet soda. I like the fizz!

  11. I am 5’10 and weigh between 120-128 pounds (fluctuates). I have been this weight for as long as I can remember, and I do have to preface this with the fact that I am one of those lucky people who can really eat whatever I want without gaining weight (VERY high metabolism). I work out and eat healthy because I know it is better for my body.

    1.) What’s your typical breakfast? Eggwhite flatbread or muffin.
    2.) What’s your typical lunch? Turkey and cheese sandwich and fruit
    3.) What are some typical dinners? Brown rice, veggies and grilled chicken.
    4.) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays? I eat out more on the weekends.
    5.) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what? I have been trying to snack on carrot sticks, fruit, or nuts as of lately.
    6.) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so? I eat WHATEVER I want on holidays lol.
    7.) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all? nope.
    8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds? I get excited because it should be from muscle!
    9.) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often? At LEAST 3x per week strength training.
    10.) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often? Never.
    11.) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks? Water. I will occasionally splurge and have soda but I don’t drink diet because it is my treat to have it!

  12. This is cool. Well you already know a ton about me. I was very heavy a couple times, and also very thin. Now I am at a good weight and maintain it very easily. I just don’t think about food too much, eat and eat treats when I really want them. I find I just get naturally less hungry later.

    1.) What’s your typical breakfast?

    Eggwhites, roasted redpeppers, spinach, feta cheese, almond butter, salt and pepper

    2.) What’s your typical lunch?

    Some kind of salad, I particularly like avocado/olive oil, chicken and roasted veggies, and redwine vinegar! Mmmmmm!

    3.) What are some typical dinners?

    Again, I eat a lot of salads, I LOVE them, they are so fun and tasty. I have so many that I make it is hard to put down all of them. My favorites would be a cold chicken salad with macadamia nutbutter and roasted bell peppers, brocolli stalks and garlic, salt and italian season, and applecider vinegar

    4.) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays?

    Nope! I used to, but I don’t have any reason to eat different on the weekends anymore, they are just another day for me.

    5.) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what?

    not much. Depends, if I am hungry YES, I tend to eat enough during meals to not get hungry, if I do I would have veggies, or nuts, or yogurt now.

    6.) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so?

    Honestly, no. I eat pretty much the same. I guess in my circumstances I haven’t really celebrated any holidays with much “food”, Well one year I did have a sweet peice of apple pie, YUM! Well on Turkey day I will have turkey of course, and Valentines day choccies too!

    7.) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all?

    Not on purpose, only if I am not as hungry.

    8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds?

    Water weight, unless I am trying to gain, I don’t tend to gain weight (now in my life)

    9.) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often?

    Not much, 3 days a week for 30-60 min, I walk for 60 min a week (broken up) and weights 3 days, I never felt better!

    10.) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often?

    Never, yuck!

    11.) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks?

    Seltzer water!! Poland springs

  13. I found this post really interesting! And I have heard the fidgeting thing before, that seems a bit far fetched to me but maybe it’s true! I am obsessed with breakfast and don’t think I ever go a day without it.. I also exercise a lot and eat generally healthy foods. I think that combo keeps me at a normal weight!

  14. AMEN to these girl!! i am totally a fidgeter for real!!

  15. I guess I would have to say I do the majority of the things you posted. I think the biggest factor in helping someone stay skinny (but not unhealthy) is having a healthy relationship with food and exercise. All of those examples reflect that. Great post!

  16. peanutbutterfingers

    such a great post! i loved reading all of your answers. i totally agree about NEEDING breakfast. i can’t imagine not eating until lunch. i feel weak just thinking about it!

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  18. hi there, i’m kenzie :] i’m 16 years old!
    1.) What’s your typical breakfast?
    i’m a small breakfast girl because i usually eat another small meal within about 2 hours. I love whole wheat english muffins with peanut or almond butter, a banana and apple with a heaping spoonful of nut butter, greek yogurt with frozen mango chunks or strawberries and bananas, whole wheat toast with boysenberry or apricot jelly.
    2.) What’s your typical lunch?
    another small meal! i eat about six small meals a day. sandwiches, tortillas, english muffins with peanut butter and banana, or hummus and tomato, or almond butter, etc. simple salads with tomato, cucumber, and avocado with balsamic vinaigrette. shrimp and veggie stirfrys. dipping plates with crackers, carrots, fruits, and hummus and nut butter.
    3.) What are some typical dinners?
    same stuff as lunch! or a huge salads with dried cranberries, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, romaine, grapes, avocado, tomato, cucumber, etc. with balsamic or italian dressing.
    4.) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays?
    not really, just at different times i suppose. and frozen yogurt for dinner quite often occurs on the weekends of course.
    5.) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what?
    i eat about 6 small meals a day so i guess i am pretty much snacking all day long?
    6.) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so?
    i eat whatever i want on christmas day and thanksgiving day!
    7.) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all?
    if i am less hungry. however, my body generally craves lighter meals in general for a while after a heavy meal because i am not used to eating like that at all. my body loves light meals every 2 hours :]
    8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds?
    i don’t tend to gain weight.
    9.) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often
    i dance 6 days a week for about 4 hours a day on my school dance team, studio dance team, and studio classes. dance=life.
    10.) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often?
    no! they make my stomach hurt.
    11.) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks?
    i only drink water. i’m not really a beverage/liquid/smoothie girl. i do like coffee about twice a month though.

  19. i am the polar opposite of the “skinny factors.” haha. maybe not completely. i do eat breakfast and workout most days but i do other things like keep track of my weight (loosely now but super rigorously before) and sometimes i allow myself treats but i try not to over do it. i’m learning to stop eating when i’m full too but sometimes when i go out, it’s soooo good not to eat it all. haha.

  20. I love the list at the end about how thin people “stay thin” – by, shocker, NOT dieting. I’m totally in that camp. I workout 6 days a week (sometimes 7, I’ll admit, I hate taking rest days which I KNOW is wrong), I eat healthfully MOST of the time so I can take advantage of a splurge on pizza or wine or whatever it that I’m craving. And I think that balance has worked for me. I hate numbers so I avoid the scale at all costs, but I’ve maintained my current pants size (my real indicator) for two years now (was ALWAYS a solid size 8 until then but “graduated” to a size 6 after making some changes to my lifestyle, including NOT dieting and no longer food journaling). I’m usually not one to even share my pants size since I’m so used to avoiding the numbers game because I DO get very caught up in it if I’m not careful. But here, I felt it was “safe” to share with ya’ll since we’re in the “safe” and “sharing” place on this here blog. Great post btw.

  21. I love this post. Thank you for being so open and honest. What’s great is that you are in such great shape and surprise you still eat junk food! My favorite point about secrets of thin people is that they don’t diet. My favorite food is pizza, and people are so blown away at the fact that when I do get it, I can eat a lot of slices. There’s no mystery about being thin, it truly is about taking the statement, “eat to live, not live to eat,” and apply it to your life. I’ve tried the whole eat healthy 24/7 and totally disregard junk food, but it made me a miserable person. Therefore, whatever bad food I may eat, I maintain the lifestyle of being a very active person to subside all of that. I eat whatever I want, but try to incorporate more healthy foods. Thanks for this great post!

  22. I realize I’m late on this post, but this is great! This is by far my favorite blog.

  23. I love your blog!
    I have lost 30 pounds over the span of a year and have been working hard to maintain it. Now that most of the fat is gone, I am working to gain more muscles! I am also a new blogger and am working to adding in some more entries on recipes and exercise. (so far, it’s just restaurant reviews). please visit!

    1.) What’s your typical breakfast?
    Breakfast is also my favourite and BIGGEST meal of the day! Oatmeal with plain yogurt, half a banana, blueberries, LOTS of nuts, and a spoon of some nut butter. Green tea.

    2.) What’s your typical lunch?
    I don’t really eat lunch because I’m in class around this time. But usually it’s rice or a piece of fruit.

    3.) What are some typical dinners?
    Chinese food my parents make: rice or noodles with stir fried veggies and meat. I try to cook my own dinner as often as I can but it’s so hard to when i come home late from school =(

    4.) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays?
    I always give myself a break on Sundays so I eat whatever I want. Fri/sat depends if there’s any parties

    5.) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what?
    I snack about 2-3 times a day. Usually on pretzels, fruit, yogurt, and crackers.

    6.) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so?
    Not really. Only on that specific holiday!

    7.) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all?
    Yes..It’s the feeling of guilt 😦

    8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds?
    I get my ass to the gym!

    9.) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often?
    Yes, 5-6 times a week! I do a mix of strength or cardio. I also have been picking workouts from P90x

    10.) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often?
    nope! I’ve heard many bad things about them.

    11.) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks?
    Addicted to tea =) And no diet drinks, they taste funny.

  24. I’m 18, female- and my weight fluctuates between 60 and 62 kilos- about 130-134 pounds. I wear a size 6-8. I’m about 5 feet 6 inches. I wouldn’t call myself skinny- I think I’m just a normal weight. I used to have problems with eating and weight but in the past year I drastically changed by eating habits and now dont have any problems. I have been this weight for about 8 months now.

    1.) What’s your typical breakfast?
    I always eat breakfast. Usually a cup of coffee with a piece of bread with honey. Or a small bowl of oatmeal ( I just add salt) and a glass of milk (whole fat).

    2.) What’s your typical lunch?
    This depends a lot. During the fall/winter I tend to only eat an apple- or some sort of fruit salad. I dont like packing lunches and hate buying out (wastes money :P) However, during the summer my biggest meal of the day is lunch. I am Greek and so this would include any of our dishes- soups, mousaka, fish- you name it.

    3.) What are some typical dinners?
    Dinners are usually very healthy- in the summer I’m not that hungry at night time so I will usually only have a small piece of bread with butter and cucumbers or dessert 🙂 In the winter my dinner consists of different Greek dishes- which contain many vegetables and lean meats.

    4.) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays?
    I usually eat at different times. Amount wise probably not- I may eat out more.

    5.) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what?
    I usually never snack between meal times. However I will drink black tea with milk and sugar or coffee between meals.

    6.) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so?
    Usually I will eat more sweets. And yes I probably eat a bit more in general- but I HATE the feeling of being full so I usually always avoid that and stop eating before.

    7.) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all?
    Well I dont adjust it on purpose- I’m usually just not hungry after eating a big meal.

    8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds?
    Most likely because Ive been eating too many sweets- or stopped exercising. Usually try to get more active and limit the sweets

    9.) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often?
    Nope. But I do walk every I go- no car. Also I try to dance in my room to my fav music every now and then for 30 min.

    10.) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often?
    nope

    11.) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks?
    Milk, coffee, tea and WATER! Dont really like sodas or anything

  25. Hey cardiopizza! I’m 23 and I-AM-SKINNY! It’s natural though. Sometimes I like to eat a lot and sometimes I prefer to eat nothing. I’m a size zero at 5’7″ and weigh 108-110. My typical breakfast is a bowl of cereal or a sandwich with asiago cheese, tomato, and lettuce. My lunch is either the same sandwich, grilled cheese, a veggie burger, a microwave meal, eggs, or ramen noodles. My dinner is usually a microwave meal, that same sandwich (NOTE: I eat this sandwich once a day MAX), ravioli, spaghetti, chicken sandwich, ramen noodles, vegetable stir-fry, or a veggie burger. I ALWAYS have salad (plain) and/or fruit with dinner. I eat the same on weekends. I snack once a day, it’s usually at night when I have two bowls of ice cream or something else sweet (hehe I know, not healthy). On the holidays I eat a lot differently. I eat one smallish meal of whatever my family cooked (it’s all considerably “fattening” food) and TONS of sweets. If I eat a bigger meal than usual I will typically not be hungry later usually resulting in me eating a smaller meal then usual or maybe even skipping the next meal. If I put on a few pounds, it’ll probably just go back down in a week or so on it’s own. I do exercise, at least 6 days a weeks. Unfortunately I have bad joints which results in me changing my workout quite often, so I’ve pretty much done every workout possible. I use normal organic sugar. I only drink water because I hate juice, pop and coffee. I come a family with an alcohol problem so I’ve never drunk before. I very, very rarely may have hot chocolate though.

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  27. I have always been about 113lbs and 5ft3in. I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t generally snack and I don’t generally have dessert. Breakfast might be egg and cheese on a roll with 8oz orange juice. Lunch might be a medium sized sandwich (not monster big) with a regular soda and fruit. Dinner might be a typical meat and two veg (one starch). I stop eating when I get full, and I generally don’t start eating until I’m hungry. I’m sure my portions are reasonably sized, but I don’t measure anything. Rather than measuring, I just keep mental note of what’s going in with the food pyramid in mind. If my pants get tight, which is rare, then I’ve overdone it and I diet for a couple weeks to get back down. I do not eat diet items/artificial sweeteners. I’d like to exercise to be healthier, but I haven’t found the time, so I do not exercise.

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  29. Great post! Love it. I usually follow all the be-skinny tips, except I splurge way too much on weekends. I’m working on it though…

  30. I’m 5’9″ and 142lbs. I was about 150lbs for about 2 years but my normal weight has been 140-145 since I was about 18 (now 25).

    1.) What’s your typical breakfast?
    Eggs. They are filling and an amazing protein.

    2.) What’s your typical lunch?
    A sandwich with plain turkey deli meat, a thin slice of cheese, cucumbers, and some mayo or mustard on whole wheat bread. Of course my lunch can vary but a sandwich is easy and quick and I eat at the office.

    3.) What are some typical dinners?
    Chicken breast with veggies and a starch, a stir fry or one pot meals made with extra lean ground meat.

    4.) Do you eat differently on the weekends than you do on weekdays?
    Most of the time, yes, because it’s harder to regulate my eating when I’m not at the office but it shouldn’t vary that much. I probably eat less during the day but more at night on weekends.

    5.) Do you snack? If so, how often and on what?
    Yes, I snack throughout the day. I eat smaller meals with snacks throughout to keep my metabolism going. Snacks normally include a granola bar, nuts, cheese with fruit, fruit alone, veggies, or peanut butter.

    6.) Do you eat differently on holidays? How so?
    To an extent, I do love the sweet treats but definitely try to limit how many I eat.

    7.) If you’ve eaten a bigger than usual meal, do you adjust your next meals at all?
    No.

    8.) What do you do if you find that you’ve put on a few pounds?
    Up my exercise routine and re-evaluate what I’m keeping in my house for snacks. Sometimes I will buy cookies for a treat but then like it so much I buy another bag and another but I normally keep my treats to home baked goods.

    9.) Do you exercise? If so, how & how often?
    About 3 times a week I run and twice a week I do pilates. I would definitely like to up my routine though, I’ve just been lazy lately 😦

    10.) Do you use artificial sweeteners? In what situations & how often?
    Yes but not too often. I would much rather use real sugar but if it’s availalble and I want sweetness, I’ll use it.

    11.) What beverages do you drink? Do you drink diet versions of soft drinks?
    I don’t drink soft drinks. I normally stick with water, milk, 100% orange juice or tea.

    I am considered skinny even though I don’t have a totally FLAT stomach (“pouch” forming) but I do have a fairly active lifestyle with three dogs and my exercise routine plus I definitely watch what I eat for the most part. I don’t deprive myself and I am sure a lot of it has to do with genes.

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