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SWEETZ11 Posts: 99
2/1/12 9:02 A

I will give it a try. Thank you!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,249
2/1/12 7:23 A

Chose nonstarchy vegetables that contain few calories & few carbs which average 25 calories and about 5 grams of carbohydrates. They include salad greens, green, red & yellow peppers, broccoli, and green beans. Incorporate fiber such as raw carrots, celery, apples, pears, plums,peaches blueberries as snacks. Limit red meat and then only eat loin cuts when you turkey, chicken, tuna, salmon, sardines, shrimp occasionally. Low fat dairy such as skim milk, Borden's Fat free American Cheese, Parm or Romano that's loaded with protein and can make lots of things tasty.Sodium causes sugar cravings. Stop the salt & read labels. Make homemade veggie soups for less sodium. Have two squares of Dark Chocolate daily to protect your heart & satify your craving. Get the over 70% cocoa kind. Try Artic Zero Ice Cream substitute for desert. The chocolate pint is only 150 Calories for the whole pint. Eat popcorn with cinnamon for fiber. Up your fiber to 50 Grams a day. Eat nuts & seeds like pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, seasame seeds to up fiber. You will see the difference in about a week. Cravings will subside. Good Luck!

SWEETZ11 Posts: 99
2/1/12 12:07 A

I'm 48 years old and my weight, as of now, is 175. When I started SP, I noticed the scale going down. Well, so I thought! I were losing inches, but not anymore. I'm confused. Can someone give me, maybe a menu, that worked for them, when they first started losing weight? Also, I do shop, but only twice a week. Ive been doing this a month now. But no results. I'm going to have to change my ticker, back to the beginning.I guess, I must have lost my focus, or were just off track, all together. As far as working out, I try to do it at least three to five days out of the week, but for only twenty minutes.

Edited by: SWEETZ11 at: 2/1/2012 (00:11)
MOOSLADY Posts: 208
1/31/12 12:32 P

I think she means, she doesn't want to have to shop every day to have the amount of fresh fruit and veggies SP menu calls for. I live 20 miles from the grocery store so I have a similar situation. Also they call for a ridiculous amount of variety, which for one person is prohibitively expensive. I also have not learned to love fruit. To keep my veggies up, I keep dark salad greens and tomatoes on hand and individual frozen vegetable servings to use for lunch and bag of frozen veggies for dinner. No way I could keep a weeks worth of fresh stuff in the fridge or fresh for that matter.
As to why you have started gaining, not enough information, may just be water or constipation. My only advice is make sure you are eating right and exercising and wait a week or two and see what happens. I regularly gain or lose 2-3 pounds over 24 hours. Completely due to retaining/losing water or bowel habits.

FITSLH85 Posts: 110
1/31/12 12:29 P

You don't necessarily have to follow SP recipes. The biggest thing I found that helped me is using the nutrition tracker. It helps you keep account of what you are eating and when. Even you you aren't eating healthy, track everything you eat. It will help you learn if you have some negative habits in your eating, I.E.- skipping breakfast, but overeating at lunch, etc.

BLACKROSE_222 Posts: 4,851
1/31/12 11:16 A

Sweetz, one thing I did notice you mention is that you don't shop. Does that mean that most of your meals are coming from restaurants, or cafeterias - in other words, processed foods? Try focusing on that for a bit... is there any way you can slowly start adding some whole meals that you know exactly what went in them to your plan?

Start with the small changes, and work your way up. HUGS.

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1/31/12 9:11 A

Hello, SWEETZ ! Well, how much have you gained in how long a period ? Can you give us a bit more information ?

If you noticed that scale go up in say a week, that's not unusual. If your weight went up 1 or more pounds in a week, that's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day ! Is that a fat gain ? Nope. that too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain.

So, don't assume something must be wrong because you occasionally see the scale go up. that's perfectly normal. your weight is not a static number. it really can and does go up and down for many different reasons.

As far as the Spark Menu plans, those are merely a suggestion of meals you could try. If you feel more comfortable with your own meals, that's perfectly fine. You do what's best for your body.

To be honest, no one here can tell you whether or not your metabolism has slowed down because we don't know anything about you. we don't know how old you are. we don't know how much weight you're trying to lose. we don't know what you currently weigh. we don't know how long you've been trying to lose. we don't know what you eat. what don't know what you do for exercise. we don't know if you've been a chronic yo yo dieter.

We're just taking rough guesses here. the more you can tell us about yourself, the better we could try to answer your question.

SWEETZ11 Posts: 99
1/30/12 11:32 P

I'm so confused. I were losing inches, but now I'm not. I had noticed the scale was not moving before and it's still not. What can I do and what can I eat for a good menu plan to follow? I'm no longer using the SP menu. The food is not to good. Or shall I say, I do not, shop that often, to have the food that their recommending. I'm so upset wit my self. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong. I thought maybe, it could me my metabolism has slowed down, due to my age! I really want to lose weight and better my self. But, it's just not working.

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