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SMOKYMTNGIRL Posts: 24
11/3/13 3:50 P

Thank you so much! I sat down last night and wrote out my goals, both short and long term, along with ways to start achieving them. I really appreciate the feedback. Keep it coming :-)

DIANE7786 SparkPoints: (78,231)
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11/3/13 3:04 P

I like South Beach Diet (team on this site) because it has specific guidelines for what type of food to eat and when to eat it. There's no calorie counting. The food and recipes taste great and I'm never hungry. I've been on maintenance (phase 3) for almost ten years.

Everyone has different needs for losing weight. Most popular diets are nutritionally sound. Choosing one and picking a date to reevaluate if it's working will stop your overwhelmed feeling and give you a short term goal. You posted that you need baby steps. That works best for a lot of people. If you haven't tried the jump in and do it all approach you might find the faster results encouraging. That works best for me for any goal--reach it and move to the next goal!

I wish you success!



AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
11/3/13 9:55 A

Breakfast: cereal, fruit, and/or an egg , Canadian bacon for some protein.
Lunch: salad with yogurt non fat dressing, at least a cup of lettuce or more with sweet peppers, tomato, 1 ounce of cheese, some chicken strips for protein
Snacks if necessary: few pieces of walnuts, 10 pieces, or pieces of fruit, grapes, 1/2 cup 1 % cottage cheese, glass of low fat milk.
Dinner: 3-4 ounces of chicken ,turkey or 1/2 a lean hamburger, with 2-3 veggies. Sweet potato, beet slices 1/2 cup, broccoli, spinach, beans, small salad.
Just be sure to have protein with each meal as it will keep you satisfied longer.
Bedtime snack: 1 slice of bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter, or cup of yogurt or cottage cheese.

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,346
11/2/13 8:25 P

Use the spark recipe planner. It gives you a grocery list, and includes any recipes of meals that are planned.

SMOKYMTNGIRL Posts: 24
11/2/13 3:53 P

You are absolutely right! And the thing is, I know that I have to tackle one (or a few) things at a time, instead of changing it all at once. I guess I'm so impatient that I think I need to have it all together or it won't work.

I already drink 8 glasses of water per day, so I'm going to focus on getting my fruit and veggie servings in. I have a hard time doing that, so that will be #1. I've also been slacking off on exercise lately, so I'm going to make another goal of walking at least 30 minutes 3-4 times this week.

Thank you for putting this in perspective for me! If you have anything else to add, I'm all ears emoticon

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11/2/13 3:43 P

Do baby steps. You'll get there!

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11/2/13 3:27 P

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SMOKYMTNGIRL,

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. That's why Spark People encourages its members to start with some simple goals first. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

No all or nothing. Just a few simple changes to get you started. One small change CAN change your life !!

So, let me ask you, what simple as well as achievable goals would you like to set for yourself this week ? Once you've decided, you're on your way to a healthier lifestyle.


SMOKYMTNGIRL Posts: 24
11/2/13 3:22 P

I think I've finally figured out what my problem is...I read about all of these various ways of healthy eating ("clean," paleo, low carb, etc) and I get so overwhelmed trying to figure out what would be best for me that I eventually give up. I just can't get it together long enough to actually see results so I quit. I've been trying to start over for a long time now and seem to fail every single time.

I know it sounds awful of me, but if someone would just tell me what to eat it would be so much easier on my brain. I have my calorie range calculated on here for my weight loss goals, but I'm struggling to meet other goals (like cutting out sugar). I feel like I'm getting nowhere.

Does anyone have suggestions for me? I



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