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TCCAGLE
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5/12/13 12:05 P

thank you for the advice and the support CLARK971--and thanks to ALL my sparkfriends for the advice and support ---I am determined to do better next week and next weekend!!!



CLARK971
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5/12/13 11:51 A

hang in there!

think baby steps!

even if you don't like your weigh in weight, think of a positive thing you did last week!





TCCAGLE
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5/12/13 11:37 A

I have not done very good at all this weekend and I dread weighing tomorrow but I am going to weigh and continue to track my food no matter how badly I have done--and most important I am not giving up and I am determined to do better and get into healthier living and eating in spite of the challenges I have on weekends and lose this weight--Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired---



SCHAPIN1
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5/11/13 11:15 P

Sometimes. I eat like I need to and I have tried to help my family eat healthier. Luckily they are open to trying new things and are supportive.



JANIEWWJD
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5/11/13 10:37 P

Not really. It's all up to us what we eat.



TCCAGLE
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5/11/13 7:33 P

My husband is the same way KMF2012--Together we will figure out how to work around this obstacle ---
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KMF2012
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5/11/13 4:28 A

Absolutely! My husband is the "read meat and potatoes" kind of guy, he wants that on the menu most nights of the week. Plus we live on a small farm and raise our own beef and pork - and grow potatoes!! Fortunately he does like lots of salads and vegetables too. But he also like to have pies and cookies around frequently. It makes it a very big challenge for me when he is home to stick with a healthy diet. (Of course he works so hard he burns off whatever calories he takes in, and has a very different metabolism than I do.)



TCANNO
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5/11/13 3:28 A

Luck me I live on my own but we all sat down to the same food ever day. We had a choice eat or go without.

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LOUNMOUN
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5/10/13 11:58 P

I plan meals and get input from my dh and dd. Not every dinner is the healthiest but most evening meals are perfectly fine for my daily plan.

My dh is pretty willing to eat whatever I make. He is happy to try new things.
My dd is less willing to try something new or eat vegetables but happily eats whole grains and all fruits.
We eat meatless meals several times each week and try to not use as many packaged foods. We made a switch to whole grains years ago. I don't make enough food to feed 8 people when there are only 3 of us.

I don't feel obligated to have my plate look exactly like dh's or dd's.
I tend to fill my plate with more veggies than either of them. I try not to take seconds.





ETHELMERZ
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5/10/13 9:44 P

Typically, what I used to do back when we had kids at home, I cooked husband's and kids meal, and then I had my own, sometimes I'd have the main protein, and the veggies, but my starch was a simple baked potato or slice of bread, when they got noodles or mashed potatoes or something like that. But, easiest thing was to make my own and eat on my own after they all ate. But, that said, it doesn't last a lifetime, that works well when you are in a obesessive mood, which occurs every several years for me.



8HEATHER
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5/10/13 9:03 P

Dinner is my most difficult time of the day - I'm tired, hungry, the three kids are crabby....for this reason I save most of my calories for dinner. I usually have 1000-1200 calories left out of the 1800 at the top of my range. I also always try to have veggies in the fridge washed and ready for before dinner when I am most likely to eat junk. Still I weigh and measure everything for dinner brcause these are my highest calorie dense meals and easy to quickly go overboard.



CLARK971
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5/10/13 3:20 P

It can be a challenge. I have two active, thin 12 year olds that eat more calories a day than me. I try to make things that I can eat that also have extra calories for the kids We had chicken tacos one day this week. Mine was a taco salad with just a little bit of cheese. The kids had more cheese, sour cream and shells.

I often will have an extra veggie for me, even if the kids and husband won't eat it.





TCCAGLE
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5/10/13 2:50 P

Yes you are lucky that your husband is willing to eat healthy --mine unfortunately is not like that and he loves the carb rich foods which is a major downfall of mine so that is why I am trying this "banking calories" and eating small portions of carbs with some protein and a lot of veges --I am fortunate in that my husband does like veges and salads --So maybe I can work with that, maybe have a salad night with baked chicken, we have done that before and that turns out pretty good--so my husband is not hopeless, he does like healthy foods some, but he also loves stuff with pasta and potatoes a lot too--



TCCAGLE
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5/10/13 2:42 P

This true Susansearcy--and this is what I am scared of doing-- I know it is tricky business "banking calories" like this--because when I have done it before, I have ended up getting to hungry and eating too much at supper--so I am going to try eat enough to where I am not starving by the time supper rolls around--Actually I am trying this today --so we will see how it turns out--Thank you for the support and advice---



SUSANSEARCY
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5/9/13 5:20 P

Be careful about saving too many calories for one meal. I used to do that and just make sure I was in my daily range. But, I found out that our bodies can only process a certain amount of calories in a given amount of time. If you go over that, and it can't process the extra, then that part it can't process is stored as fat...even if you are under your daily calorie range.



MEGAPEEJ
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5/9/13 2:46 P

My husband and I eat the same things, I just may fix a smaller plate for myself (keeping everything within range!) or leave off an item on my plate (i.e. on his tacos he gets cheese, but I don't). I also save about half of my calories for dinner - I enjoy eating dinner with him and he and I would both act a little weird if we felt I was "depriving" myself (even if I'm eating all the calories I should!).

Though I will say, I'm very fortunate that my husband will eat just about anything, and isn't picky and has a relatively healthy style of eating. It would be a lot harder if my husband were the "red meat and potatoes" type, that my dad is.



TCCAGLE
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5/9/13 2:37 P

This sounds exactly like me (without the teenagers) only a husband-- I may start fixing his meals separate or try to take it easy and eat high protein and low carb foods during the day and "allow" myself some carb rich food but eat some protein and veges with it also --It is just so confusing trying to figure out how not to overdo it at supper!!! but I am hanging in there but so far this week I have not done good at all!!! I am still taking baby steps to healthier living though, I have worked out two days this week so far and drinking plenty of water, so all is not lost--

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Edited by: TCCAGLE at: 5/9/2013 (14:38)


TCCAGLE
Posts: 757
5/9/13 2:29 P

Thank you for the great advice SUSANSEARCY: I am definitely going to try some on me "deit foods" on my husband and see how it goes---



MRSKATEDUVALL
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5/9/13 12:19 A

yes. Coming up with dinner options that will please all takers, and fits the healthy criteria is a major issue for me. And then finding time when all three teenagers and husband is home to eat it. Sometimes I cook and every one eats at different times. Sometimes I dont cook, and they have to fend for themselves with healthy options. Sometimes I cave, and we eat fast food or deli and I have a healthy frozen meal.



JIACOLO
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5/8/13 11:13 P

If it is just myself and my husband it is not so bad, but the kids want a starch and I don't eat them for dinner. They are coming around to some better choices though.



SUSANSEARCY
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5/8/13 9:24 P

Dinner was a challenge for me at first. There are a few things that helped me a lot. First, know ahead of time that whatever you make and eat, you will have to enter into your nutrition tracker. If you aren't using one, definitely starts. It helps to see in numbers how that meal will affect your daily progress. Second, be sure you measure your portions accurately. Don't get seconds unless it fits in your plan. Also, it helps to drink a full glass of water before dinner, because you will already have something in you so you will feel full more quickly. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you haven't already, start making some simple swaps: replace white rice with brown rice, white pasta with whole wheat pasta, regular cheeses with low fat, use skim milk, swap out ground beef for ground turkey, and cook lots of veggies (if they are from a can, go with no salt added varieties.) My husband thought the idea of giving up white bread, white rice, 2% milk, and ground beef was crazy. Now, he loves the healthier options!



TCCAGLE
Posts: 757
5/8/13 8:49 P

Is "family meals"a challenge for anyone out there I am having a hard time not "overdoing" at supper time when I cook and have time with my husband----evening eating is a major challenge for me anyway-----



 
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