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GREENJUICELUV SparkPoints: (139)
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12/19/12 5:18 P

It takes time but when I started to eat really healthy and working out the cravings just went away. There is all kinds of ice cream, cookies, chocolate and pie at my parents house (where I am staying for the holidays) but I don't have any desire to eat it, because I just don't eat things like that anymore.

TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (55,983)
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12/19/12 4:05 P

I realized that when I would eat a whole box of crackers is when I was at home and in between projects. So now, if it is not healthy, I won't bring it home. It makes it easy when I open the refrigerator for a snack and find that there's only leafy greens and tofu. Sometimes it is hard-core but most of the time I am grateful because if there was sugary yogurt or something, that is what I would grab.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/19/12 3:50 P

I didn't want to be fat anymore. I was sick of hiding behind baggy clothes, having my thighs rub holes in my jeans, not being able to walk up stairs without getting winded. I weighed myself and I was horrified. So I start eating better and exercising, and the weight started coming off. Was I perfect? No way! There were desserts and dinners out and skipped workouts, but I figured as long as I was doing the right thing 90% of the time it would turn out OK. And it has!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,233)
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12/19/12 1:53 P

you need to replace a bad habit with a good one. If you don't you'll just end up with another bad habit (smokers turing to food for their oral fixation, for example).

so if you want to stop post dinner snacking, go for an evening walk instead.

if you want to stop drinking soda, switch to water

if you want to cut your time in front of the TV or computer, get up clean out your closet and donate some things to charity, or declutter that book shelf, etc. Actually, I find that if I put on music I'm more likely to keep moving around when I'm at home.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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12/19/12 11:54 A

I gave up smoking for Lent one year and never smoked again. emoticon

GDBEAR65 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/19/12 10:51 A

by educating myself about nutrition when I began resistance training. Building muscle is hard work so I didn't want that effort sabotaged by poor diet choices.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (275,096)
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12/19/12 10:37 A

unhealthy food

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (107,118)
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12/19/12 9:56 A

The only bad thing I've given up is making negative comments about my own body.

12/19/12 8:15 A

I did some volunteer work for a doctor who was doing a humanitarian trip to Kenya, and he needed some glucose meters. (I'm a medical purchasing agent) So I found someone who would donate a case of glucometers, and he didn't need all twenty, so he gave me one. I started fiddling around with it and realized my blood sugar was not where it was supposed to be. I became obsessed with the fear that I was already a diabetic and didn't know it. I saw a nutritionist, got my glucose tested, and ultimately found I wasn't diabetic but would be headed down that road if I didn't shape up and eat right. Generally speaking, people who don't take care of their health die sooner. I often see them in the hospital in the end stages of diabetes or cancer or some other degenerative disease, and I didn't want to die young if I could help it.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,247
12/19/12 7:58 A

it was making little changes. so that when i had something not as great for me,. i had it with something that was good for me. like i love nachos. so if i was just having plain cheese and chips nachos, i would have them with carrots dipped in hot sauce. if i was having heartier nachos, i would make sure that there was chili or spicy beans, lettuce, guacamole, greek yogurt and salsa so that it really was a meal that had substance and not just a bag of chips snack.
and i took that approach with everything. when i don't want to cook, to this day i keep lipton/knorr sides on hand or some other boxed pasta dish. they're crazily high in sodium and they don't have much to them. but they cook in under ten minutes and you only need to add water and/or milk and a little fat to them. but i won't make them plain. periodically i cook up dried beans and freeze them into cup portions so that they have the convenience of canned but the sodium of dried. i also keep chopped frozen veggies in the freezer. so when i make those boxed dishes, i add the milk/water and a drizzle of olive oil [instead of the Tablespoon of butter called for], add the mix, and bring to a boil. then i dump in one or two cups of beans and chopped veggies or a 10oz box of chopped veggies.this effectively doubles the yield of the box, cuts the sodium and fat in half and generally doubles the protein and fiber. and it still tastes like the boxed mix o goodness. and it still requires less than ten minutes and almost no effort to cook.
so if you love hot dogs and fries, compromise. have the hot dog with a salad as the side. if you love fries, have steamed fish and veggies as the main. and if steamed fish and veggies is really out there, don't be afraid to learn to like them by dousing them in teriyaki sauce to start. yes, you will have to wean yourself down, but it's better than having nowhere else to start. start making your own fries and baking them. 100 grams of raw potato has about 77 cals [a little less if it's a red potato], no fat, 2g fiber and 2 g protein. and you can also make chips. slice any root veggies thinly, lightly toss in olive oil and bake til crispy, turning once. chips and veggies all at the same time, you should also season them somewhere in there.
if you love cakes, make cupcakes instead and freeze the ones you don't want to eat. which means you can still have them, but you can't really mindlessly eat a whole batch. brownies work the same way.
if you really love pasta, pair it with veggies to cut down on the volume of pasta you eat. while half and half might be your end goal, start out by getting the same amount of pasta you would have before, say a cup and a 1/4 and adding in 1/8 cup of sliced zucchini or squash or cauliflower or broccoli or whatever you want to cut it with. once you get used to that [and i am talking weeks of using that particular mix get used to it], bump it up to 1/4 cup of veg. once you get used to that, cut the pasta back by 1/8 cup. then cut the pasta back by 1/8 cup and add another 1/8 cup of veggies [so you'd be having 1 cup pasta and 3/8 cup veggies at this juncture]. and ease your way down to that half and half mixture.
if you love alfredo sauce, consider having it on steamed veggies instead of pasta. figure a cup of cooked pasta has about 200 cals and a cup of broccoli is somewhere around 30-60 depending on if it is chopped or cooked before or after, so you're saving at least 100 cals right there and still getting something that you like.
so mix it up. if you're having something that you think you should be having less of, pair it with something you think you should be eating more of. and then gradually adjust the ratios to where you would like to be. because it's nearly impossible to switch all your habits at once [it can take six weeks for a single habit], gradually tweaking them is something that is much easier to do and it's harder to fall off of as you are actually changing your habits as you go.

FITMARTI SparkPoints: (20,370)
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12/19/12 7:52 A

As incredible as it may sound....I woke up that morning and decided that I had to make a change and literally just walked away from all the foods that contributed to my weight problem. I am not having cravings. I think that my mind and body were ready to make this change. I am down 11 pounds this month so far and have really cranked up my exercise using my Zip

My journey is just beginning and I know I have a long road ahead of me to my goal of 135 in June 2013

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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12/19/12 7:20 A

When I was on vacation with my husband and his friend from work. We had gone camping and I felt just awful looking, lazy and out of shape the whole vacation. I vowed to myself that by next year I'd be able to keep up with the boys and rock a bathing suit on the beach.

My husband always keeps in good shape and strength trains and I hate to say it but I was starting to feel I wasn't worthy of him (physically). I hadn't lost any weight after having my daughter 2 years earlier (other than the initial birth weight loss) and had actually started to gain weight (8 lbs). I was eating like garbage. I was tired all the time. I was depressed. I didn't feel like doing anything. I'd groan every time I had to pick toys up off the floor. I'd sprain my wrist every time I tried to push myself off the floor. I felt disgusting looking; some women carry extra weight and still look great, I'm not one of those women. I had no curves and was just round with a huge double chin. I couldn't buy the clothes I wanted, just whatever I could find that I didn't look completely awful in.

I realized if I didn't do something about it now, it was just going to continue to go down hill and would be much, much harder to get the motivation to change things around. I was tired of avoiding myself in the mirror and feeling depressed about myself all the time. I started making diet changes in July and rejoined Spark in Aug of this year and only have 8 lbs to get to my goal weight! I am way more sculpted than I even was in my prime 20's. I cannot believe the changes it's made to my health, energy and mood. I am soooo looking forward to our camping trip this year, that will be the ultimate reward! To reflect back on how far I've come.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/19/2012 (07:24)
KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,437)
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12/18/12 11:04 P

When I realized how out of control my eating habits had become. It's hard to jump right into any healthy regimen so take small steps and start replacing those foods that aren't so good for you with something healthier.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/18/12 9:20 P

when I realized that I was fat unhappy and miserable. I just couldn't live that way anymore. I didn't like myself in my own skin. I knew I was the only one who could make the change. I took small steps to do this. I started by walking, then I added getting the junk food out of the house. Next I started lifting weights and some time after that I changed to eating a clean diet.

SINAED SparkPoints: (15,107)
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12/18/12 6:13 P

It was when i couldn't fit into a size 14 jeans and i refused to buy a size 16 pair of i stepped on the scale and realised i was 95kgs......You might say one hell of a wake up call. Now i a size 10 (australian size) which is the perfect size for my height.

RKING10 Posts: 152
12/18/12 5:40 P

I'm not talking about the occasional candy bar or the bowl of icecream as a treat on sunday-but how did you finally make the lifestyle change to kick the food that was wasteless and full of calories?

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