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JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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1/27/13 7:28 P

Honestly, weight loss costs much less than weight gain. And it doesn't take all those pills, meal plans, etc. All it takes is committment and a real reason to lose your weight. If you live to eat, instead of eat to live, you may have a problem. But even then, there are lots of good tasting meals one can make without being an expert nutritionist of cook. I DID. Sometimes my meal didn't taste as good as I would have liked it to, but who cares, it had the nutrition I needed and I was losing weight. That was more important than making a 5 star dish.

So keep it simple but nutritious and be serious about losing weight and you'll have a tougher time finding reasons to fail. Keep the faith.

WDWCHICK Posts: 883
1/24/13 10:25 P

I don't think you need a ton of money to change your lifestyle. Yes, some things do cost more. But, I think you can do it on a lighter budget.

I make a lot of chicken and turkey. If you make turkey stuffed peppers or stew or even just chicken in the oven, you can have enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. I've put leftover chicken on a wrap with some craisens and walnuts and it's very inexpensive and yummy. You could do smart ones or healthy choice meals once in awhile. They're on sale alot. Some days I just have a yogurt with granola and some fruit. Fresh fruit and granola bars don't cost too much, either.

I couldn't afford shakes and supplements or gym memberships either. Personally, I don't think you need any of those. I lost 60 pounds by watching my diet and walking. Yes, I might have spent a few extra dollars a week on fresh fruit and veggies, but I wanted to. And, I cut back on other things.

I wish you all the best!

MRSALLYP SparkPoints: (0)
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1/24/13 8:52 A

I have been there and know what it is like to pretty much do it alone, I had my friends who cheered me on but nobody was doing it with me, so I just kept track of what I was doing and made sure to separate out my calories for the day to figure out what I was going to eat. You can do microwave meals or even a salad for lunch and still make it work with a limited break room. Just plan some of your things out. I don't use the meal plan either but I do plan out some of what I know I'm gonna eat for the week. When I started I was the only one in my house changing my diet so I had to sometimes make 2 meals and even more so when I went Vegan for 12 weeks - it was hard but at the same time I was on a mission that they were not so it wouldn't have been fair to them (even more so to my children who needed to put on a little weight not take it off). Make small changes to start and then it gets easier. Make sure you are keeping track of what your eating (even a bite of something counts) and that way when the pounds start to come off you know exactly why.

Good luck to you - btw... there are a lot of recipies on here you can find that are pretty easy and have a lot of ingredients you might already have! My failsafe at dinner is a stir fry except I use very little oil and use pozu sauce to help flavor it - typically my stir fry doesn't have meat in it that way I can load on the veggies, sometimes I even put it into half of a pita pocket with a quarter cup of shreaded cheese!!

ZEDMAY Posts: 41
1/16/13 12:43 P

I would invest in a few cookbooks to help you learn to eat/cook healthier meals and just plan your own meals.

Clean Eating magazine has two weeks worth of meal plans in the back. I also like their cookbooks that feature their most popular recipes. Tosca Reno's books are also great sources for healthy eating ideas.

But you can still use your own cookbooks and recipes. I measure everything out into their correct portions so I am not guesstimating and overeating by accident. I try to aim for about 500 calories per meal and under 200 calories for each of my snacks. Many recipes have the nutrients and calories per serving at the bottom of the recipe or you can use the spark recipe calculator to figure it out.

If you don't have a buddy to workout with, try a virtual buddy. Join one of the spark challenges or start your own to try to keep yourself on track.

GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (87,871)
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1/15/13 9:26 P

I understand where you're coming from. What I've done is use my own recipes and cut down on the fat, like substituting nonfat sour cream or plain nonfat yogurt for sour cream. I use other spices instead of salt. That's what I like about Sparkpeople. I also eat smaller portions, and more often. I started off exercising easy. Just to get moving, that's the most important thing. You can always do any exercise regime and cut down on the weights; if there's jumping, I walk fast or jog.

The important thing is that you don't have to buy a bunch of special foods and you don't have to buy a bunch of exercise videos. Our local PBS station has a couple of exercise programs, including yoga and Body Electric.

YOU CAN DO THIS! Good luck! emoticon

MELBLUE_EYES73 Posts: 13
1/6/13 11:52 A

Here's the deal...I can't afford package deals, 24 day challenges, shakes, pills, supplements, memberships, etc. You get my point. My husband is picky. And, well, I get bored. Wanting to find great tasting ideas and some things I can do that actually work and won't break my bank. Honestly, I've used the meal planner on here and I find most of the suggestions gross plus the grocery list tends to be so long, I can't afford all those things. I have a 30 min lunch break, usually consisting of the break room and a microwave. I have no workout/walking buddy. I'm alone in this. But I'm willing to take my time to feel pretty again and healthy. I love my natural curves, so skinny is not an option. I'm a size 14/16 and want to fit a 10/12. Help!!

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