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JUSTDOIT011 Posts: 1,411
12/8/12 12:58 P

Moderation is important!! And exercise!! You can lose weight by eating only cookies, as long as the calories you're burning are more than the calories you're consuming each day. Have you tried tracking your calories each day on Sparkpeople? Even if you have sugary cereal, hamburger helper, and pasta every day for b'fast, lunch, and dinner, as long as its within your calorie range Sparkpeople gave you, you'll lose weight.

PUNKYB830 Posts: 5,235
12/7/12 11:34 P

I would say moderation is key here. but also in pulling donations reach out to your local farmers. And if there's room you may suggest a garden growing project which would help with pride all kinds of theropy in growing your own

PUNKYB830 Posts: 5,235
12/7/12 11:33 P

I would say moderation is key here. but also in pulling donations reach out to your local farmers. And if there's room you may suggest a garden growing project which would help with pride all kinds of theropy in growing your own

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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12/7/12 9:39 P

Can you just stick with the healthy donated food, and supplement with a bit of your own bought food? If not, my other suggestion is to just eat as much healthy food as you can, and only eat smaller amounts of the unhealthy stuff. In the end, your situation isn't ideal for losing weight, but all you can do is the best you can with what you're given.

Also what kinds of unhealthy stuff are you getting? There might be ways to healthy it up a little bit.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 12/7/2012 (21:40)
JENNIFERLYNNE84 Posts: 45
12/7/12 9:19 P

Hi everyone,

I'm in a bit of a strange situation and am hoping that someone out there may have been through this or something similar and might have some advice. I'm currently a full time, year long volunteer at a homeless shelter for pregnant women. I live in community with the women and their babies and help them become independent. The thing is, we live off donations, which I thought before I came her would help me lose weight - hah! Anyway, I only get a small stipend each month and it's not enough to buy all my own food. I would say about fifty percent of what we get donated is healthy and fifty is not so healthy. I'd really like to lose weight during the second half of my year of service, but it's so difficult with so little control of what is in my environment. Any advice? Thanks for listening!

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