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BUTTERFLY503 Posts: 20
1/2/13 10:16 P

Thanks guys I will have to try some of them I have to be carefull what I eat cause I am a diabetic so have to limit on the starch But Very good suggestion I will be trying .

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1/2/13 5:33 P

In the long run, don't do anything to get the weight off that you won't continue to do to keep it off. I can lose weight. i know how to lose weight and what works for my body; however, I have to learn how to maintain it and not keep doing fadish things like working out 1 hour each day for 7 days. That is not realistic for me.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,032
1/2/13 5:15 P

find easy things to cook.
i just made my dinner and all i did was toss some pasta in to boil. drain it. added chopped veggies and zucchini, then some ricotta and stirred to mix and heat. then i added peas and pasta sauce and heated throughout. dinner in under ten minutes. and i have almost three servings of veggies in it.
my other trick for when i don't want to cook is to keep some lipton/knorr sides on hand. i also keep frozen chopped broccoli in the freezer. and when i have time i cook beans from dried and freeze them in one cup or half cup portions. when it comes down to it and i don't want to cook, i haul out one of the bags and follow the instructions [generally put water in a pot, heat and add the mix]. about halfway through the cooking time [generally the cooking time is 7 minutes, so after about three i start tossing in] i add in a cup or two of the beans i make and a box of the broccoli. it adds a minute or two to the cooking time, doubles the yield of the box, cuts the sodium and fat in half and increases the fiber and the protein per serving. and it takes about ten minutes to do, most of the time of which i am off doing something else. theoretically you should be able to add meat the same way, but i let someone who actually eats it give you better tips on how to cook and freeze and add it in.
then you have slow cooker recipes. if you eat meat, people seem to love the slow cooker salsa chicken. you can have it plain, have it with veg, put it into tacos or burritos, or into any other dish really.
if you're eating out at fast food all the time, don't stop right this second, you want to wean yourself off of it and ease out of it. if you cut it off cold turkey, you're just setting yourself up for failure. but don't keep getting something that is too much for where you should be. head to the fast food websites. plug in what you usually get. write that down as where you are now. now start to play with the numbers and menu options til you come up with a list of four or five things that are closer to where you want to be than what you were getting. write them down and start trying them out the next time you hit the drive thru. if you find a keeper, mark it. if you don't like it, try to make a note of why so that when you head back to the tracker to revamp your list you know what you should avoid. keep slowly filtering through until you find options that fit in the spaces that you need them to that you like.
and don't forget the grocery store. if you don't like to cook they make tons of partially prepped options for you. my local grocery store is publix. and in the meat section, generally under the window where you can talk to the butchers, they have prepped stuff that you just have to finish off. it comes in the little foam trays just like the meat does. they might have a fajita one, which is precut strips of meat and precut onions and peppers. it has basic instructions on it and you just cook it up quickly. a have also seen beef and chicken roulades full of spinach, stew packs, veggie stuffed burgers and all sorts of other heat and eat but with fresh ingredient things.
besides that the produce section has fruits and veggies chopped up and ready to eat. it's more expensive, but great for a time and effort saver. and don't forget frozen dinners. they're great to keep on hand for when you're short on time and if you read labels and shop around you can even find some that have a decent amount of veggies in them.

ACKWARDATTIMES Posts: 140
1/2/13 4:55 P

I started mini goals..like getting in my servings of fruits and veggies everyday for a week, then walking 4 times a week followed by strength training....then start following a simple menu at first. I set little goals so I didnt get overwhelmed. A menu helped me the most and it doesnt have to be for a week it could just be for the next day or two, I think about it the night before or the day I go shopping get a few healthy options for the next couple of days and keep doing that until I have a habit/routine and then I only go grocery shopping 2 times a week once for staples and fresh veg and fruit and a second trip for fresh veg and fruit...I dont waste alot and its easier to get creative with a few ingredients than a whole bunch of healthy options all at once. Then I can mix it up every few days so I dont get bored or to follow the sales. I also have been bulk cooking once a week (or a couple times a month) with soups and stews that can be frozen into portions so its a no brainer when I dont feel like cooking, or dont have time or cant get to the store. I also set a little time aside to pre cook brown rice and chicken breast, even beans (think 30 min the time it takes to watch a favorite show) and boom done with components to a yummy salad, tacos or stir fry for a few meals in just a few minutes. I also sneak in exercise while watching an evening movie especially at first then i set a goal to get outside and walk the dogs every day. I think small steps to achieve a bigger goal was the best for me and if I didnt meet it for the day (or week) always remember that the next day is a new chance!

SASAHAMMER Posts: 129
1/2/13 4:46 P

I felt like this at the beginning too. I thought that if I could just figure out why I could lose 20 pounds only to gain 30 back, why I slipped back into my old ways, why I treated myself the way I did, then I would have some magic key for making it "stick" this time. Honestly, after three years of this lifestyle change I still feel that way every once in a while. Was I numb, did I not value my health, was everything else I had to do more important than me?

I eventually decided that this "figuring it out" was taking entirely too much mental energy and focus away from what I knew I wanted and needed to do. Just make your small changes and let them stick, and then tackle a few more. Eventually it won't matter anymore "why" you did what you did, only that you are committed to this new now.

Good luck to you.



BUTTERFLY503 Posts: 20
1/2/13 9:01 A

Terri I dont have much in my house right now it is time for me to go grocery shopping. I love spark people I jest dont have alot of time and that is something that has to change along with fast food no more for me. Alot is going to change as of today.

TACDGB Posts: 6,132
1/1/13 11:35 P

I do understand where you are coming from. I too felt that way. I had to put myself on the list of things to take care of.......make me a priority. My wake up call was reading the Dr.Phil McGraw book 7 keys to weight loss solution. It was the wake up call I needed. it is easy to understand and made plain sence. I got to the place I was tired of being fat and unhappy. I finally asked God for help. He pointed me to sparkspeople. For you I would start by getting all the junk food out of the house as if it isn't there you can't eat it. I would use all that sparks has to offer as this will help. Good luck.........You can do it......

BUTTERFLY503 Posts: 20
1/1/13 10:52 P

I have been thinking about alot lately and I have been wanting to find out the ways I can disect my previous attemps to loose weight and keep it off I always fail . How can I go about this and see what Works and dont. I need to do this and keep it off now. Got any ideas I sure need them..

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