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3/4/13 7:11 P

I think your biggest push for variety would be the fruit and veggie offerings. Are you getting 5-7 servings daily? Is there a variety? This will better assure the blend of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, etc.

Dietitian Becky

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3/4/13 5:36 P

That's right...I'd forgotten the delay.
I started SP almost 5 years ago & lost my 20# to get into a healthy BMI within a few months.

Then last summer was sedentary with DH recovering from major surgery & I resumed bad habits & regained most of it.

But I've only been back on the plan seriously for 3-4 weeks & SP says I'm undereating for my exercise. I'm still struggling with the "starvation" theory even though it's well documented. So that's probably my problem. So I guess I'll eat more of the same ole food! lol

Thanks for reminding me that it takes more time than we think it should to lose!

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3/4/13 5:27 P

Not really, no. There's no evidence that eating the same thing can sabotage your progress. Your body burns fuel the same regardless of how long you've been eating it. Your stomach doesn't get "bored". ;)

What matters more is the number of calories that you eat. Are you having trouble losing weight? HOw long have you been on your program, what are you expecting to lose, and how much are you actually losing?

It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale, particularly when you're adding intense exercise. This is normal.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/4/2013 (17:28)

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3/4/13 5:18 P

Yeah....I track everything & after 5 yr w/ SP, I still measure everything I eat! I even count out the correct # of kashi autumn wheat squares for cereal or as a snack.....sheesh!

I've been on Mother Earth for quite a few I know it takes longer as we age. But...I don't want to use age as an excuse.

I'll just keep doin' it...Today is Day 28 in a streak of (at the very least) 30 min. of vigorous exercise: walking, gym, biking or Zumba. Maybe I'll just drop 10# in one fell swoop, ya think? (ha, ha!) If only it could be true!

Thanks for your input!

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3/4/13 4:49 P

i would say that as long as you have a backup option and you simply prefer eating what you're eating, you're fine. the backup option is valuable because if you can't get to your usual for whatever reason, it's one more thing you can try rather than going off the rails.

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3/4/13 4:46 P

Do you track other things? Other than the major things like carbs/fat/protein?

If you select to add vitamins/minerals etc you can see if you are meeting these goals as well through your diet which is an important concern.

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3/4/13 4:29 P

I eat the same food or almost the same food for breakfast & lunch...every day. Each item was chosen because I believe they are healthy, low fat, low carb choices. I like the food OK, they're easy to fix but there is no variety. Dinners have limited variety. Fats are higher, but I eat a smaller quantity to account for that. I eat zero fried, limited amounts of salmon & lamb), little or no beef, tons of chicken & turkey. No baked goods, only dark chocolate in limited amts.

I do ST at least twice weekly increasing my weight lifted as soon as I can. And I do cardio several times a week getting my heart rate above 70% and frequently around 90%. I am currently on day 28 of at least 30 min./day exercise.

Is my lack of variety enough to block weight loss? Do you see another problem?

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