I started Sparking in June of 2007. By using Spark and some self discovery along the way, I'm down 50 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for months to come! * Diet is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate!
2/22/14 11:14 A
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For Spark to work for you, you need to take a hand in doing a couple of things. First, go to your nutrition and fitness sections from your points or start tabs. If you're not sure what eating plan you want, Spark will ask a few questions and create one for you to try. Same goes for fitness! Based on your eating plan, you will be able to look at Spark recipes that are inexpensive and that your picky eaters at home may enjoy with you.
Remember to weigh yourself at the same time every day. You'll get a better idea of what you weigh over time without ups and downs due to meals.
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2/22/14 10:38 A
Thank you for the comment! I actually weighed myself again this morning and I am actually only 166.6. It may have just been a fluctuation from the big lunch I ate. I'm not giving up and I'm going to work harder on keeping track of my portions. Thanks for the tips. I will definitely keep those in mind. I think if I keep my portions smaller no matter how good it tastes and put more effort I can do this.
Hey, I read your post last night and I've been thinking about you. I have a few ideas you may not have tried them already. -I heard once that serving every meal with at least two veggies exposes your kids to them and gives them options. It's also nice for you cause it lets you put more on your plate.
- I don't know about where you live but I looked around until I found a few places that have great deals on produce and that is where I shop, I don't have time to make a lot of trips to the store. I work, go to school, and like you I'm the cook. our meals are simple and I feel like I'm taking care of my family when there is health food available.
-give them options of what they can put on their salad or veggies. my husband thinks that cheese is its own food group, and if its not covered in hot sauce its not done. I let him add all he wants to HIS after the fact, but make the food so that I can feel good about eating it.
-at my house growing up we always had the option of making a peanut butter sandwich after trying the meal and not liking it, I grew up with a lot of picky eaters. my mom didn't believe in making two dinners either. at our house we have found that the more times our daughter has to try it, the more she will eat of it.
-you may also want to measure yourself, maybe your are losing inches.
I'm sure there are many others with great tips. the main thing is don't give up. your not alone.
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2/21/14 6:30 P
Hi, my name is kristena and I have gained several pounds over the years. I went from 125 lbs to 165 lbs. I can no longer blame having kids because my youngest is now 6. I started cutting my calories, which is difficult to find the right amount because every calculator gives me a different amount. I drink nothing but water, a little 2% milk with my cereal or when I have heartburn. I also started taking garçinia cambogia diet pills. Been doing this steady for a week. I have a sedentary lifestyle.(haven't started exercise routine yet except 25-30 crunches a day). I weighed myself last week on Sunday. I was 166 & today I am 169. At this point I am completely discouraged, disappointed, & in tears. It is not always easy to eat right when you are the main cook in the house of 6 people and your children are picky eaters & you can't afford to buy extra food or prepare two separate meals 3 times a day. Eating healthier foods can be expensive these days. Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. Oh, I suffer from depression, mood swings, digestive issues, & stress is my middle name. Lol!
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