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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wow! I can't believe it's been 4 months since I last posted. I haven't stopped trying in that 4 months, I just haven't been active on SparkPeople. I have another weight-loss blog I've been doing a better job at keeping up on. I've been lacking motivation the past couple of weeks, so I'm trying to re-motivate myself by reading the message boards here. My husband and I did a one-month vegan experiment in June. I didn't lose any weight! I was trying to eat healthy too, but I didn't watch my portions. I basically ate as much as I wanted of the allowed foods. The good news is that I was on an all-you-can-eat diet and I didn't gain weight, but I really want to lose. Since that experiment ended, it seems like I've been trying to make up for all the foods we couldn't have during that month. I've gone a bit crazy and learned that I'm better off not completely banning foods because I'll make-up for it when I lift the ban. Now I'm just trying to eat healthy and watch the portions again. I'm down 10 pounds since I joined SparkPeople. I want to lose at least 40 more. I'm choosing healthy today!

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LADYJ6942 7/11/2012 11:01AM

    Experimination is part of the game, it is usually how we find our own magic bullet. Good luck!

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Vegan Trial week, day 2

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

It's 10:30 p.m. and I really want to eat something but I've already gone over on points. It's amazing how quickly you can go over on points even when you're eating vegan. I had a veggie sandwich on a whole grain bun that was 8 points (thanks to the avacado), and I certainly didn't feel like I had eaten 8 points. I could have a big hunk of chicken for 8 points that would surely satisfy me more! I had a big veggie meal at dinner and I wasn't necessarily hungry afterward, but I definitely felt like something was missing. I waited a couple of hours, then made a "shake" with almond milk and frozen bananas to try to feel satisfied. It hit the spot and was delicious, but I was still hungry pretty quickly afterward. I just ate 1/4 cup of pistachios (in shells), and it felt like a tablespoon. I love nuts but I can't eat much of them and stay within my points. I'm just not feeling very satisfied, in spite of going over on points. I feel like I have to eat a lot more food to feel satisfied and I'm never quite satisfied. I don't think this vegan trial is going to last more than a week! I'm interested to see if I'll lose any weight. I hope so!

My food for today:

Breakfast: Kashi Cereal, Almond Milk

Lunch: Quinoa Salad, Rice, Curry sauce, stir-fried veggies

Snack: Veggie Sandwich on Whole Wheat bun with avacado, green pepper, cucumber, lettuce, and pickles; 1 graham cracker

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash topped with Marinara sauce, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and zuchini (I really wanted some parmesan cheese on this).

Snack: 1 cup almond milk, 1 1/2 frozen bananas, 1 tsp. maple syrup blended together, 1 graham rectangle crushed into it. (This was super yummy!)

Snack again: 1/4 cup pistachios

I better go to bed so I don't eat again! Tomorrow I'm going to try to get some legumes in to see if it will increase satisfaction.

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REBECCA180 3/6/2012 11:06PM

    I think your body wants protein. Did you track this to see how much you're getting? I'd be curious. You need your iron!
Good luck!

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Vegan week...sort of

Monday, March 05, 2012

I made a goal to try being vegan one week this month and I decided to start today. However, after eating my cereal and whole grain bun, I read the ingredients more carefully and discovered they both had honey in them which is technically not vegan. My cereal also had whey as the last ingredient...oops. I guess I'm only "sort-of" going Vegan. I bought almond milk, rice milk, tofu, and egg replacer, but I decided not to spend the money on Earth Balance spread and Veganaise since I'm just doing a one-week trial and really have no intention of doing this forever. Therefore, I may have a bit of light margarine or mayo this week as well. This is what I'm committing to for one week:

No eating meat, fish, poultry, or eggs
No cow's milk, ice cream, yogurt, sour cream, or cheese

This is what I ate today:

Breakfast: Great Grains Cereal, Almond Milk

Lunch: 2 clementines, Veggie sandwich with with 1/3 avacado, green peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, and light mayo on 100% whole wheat bun; a few of my kids' french fries...oops.

Snack: Peanuts

Dinner: Veggie Stir-fry, Brown Rice, Coconut Curry sauce (cocunut milk, pineapple and seasonings), 1/2 of wheat bun, almond milk

Snack: Five pretzel twists (Umm...didn't plan on these. They were laying on the desk when I came to write on the computer and they ended up in my mouth).

If I get hungry, I may have some fruit before going to bed.



Friday, March 02, 2012

Hello, I'm Marsha. I'm new to SparkPeople and I'm excited to be a part of it. I would like to post and comment more, but I'm not able to get to it as ofen as I would like due to being a mother of 4 children--including a baby, homeschooling, housecleaning, church service, and spending an increasing amount of time in the kitchen in my attempts to make healthier meals! I started a personal blog 3 months ago to chronical my journey to fitness and also don't get to post there as often as I would like. :)

Anyway, I just thought I would say hello. The biggest change I've made over the past 3 months is to add exercise to my life daily. I exercise 6 days a week and that is no small accomplishment considering I was exercise 6 times a year before that! :) I've also been working hard to change my eating habits, but change comes slowly. I only lost 12 pounds over the last 12 weeks and I certainly hope to top that over the next 12 weeks. I track my eating with the Weight Watchers Points sytem and also attend Weight Watchers weekly to weigh in. I'm thinking about not doing that anymore now that I've found SparkPeople, but we'll see. I actually enjoy going to WW and cannot get too much motivation to change my ways for good!

I have been trying to eat less meat and cheese and was excited about the "Meatless Challenge" for March. I'm not sure how to officially join it or sign up for it, but these are my "meatless" goals for March.

1. Eat 10 meatless meals a week.
2. Try being vegan for one week out of the month.

I bought the new SparkPeople Vegan cookbook and have really enjoyed it so far. I'm excited to give it a try.

Before I go, I'll share a neat article I read today on how moving affects your blood sugar levels. The basic conclusion of the study is that the less you move, the more your blood sugar levels spike, regardless of other factors. Good motivation to keep moving!

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DREAMNSCHEME 3/2/2012 10:17AM

    Welcome to spark! I think if you like the meetings you shouldn't stop, just adding Spark to that may work well for you. I also think 12lbs in 12 weeks is GREAT! That's 12 lbs not on your body anymore. I know we all want to see the weight drop off in larger numbers but what you are losing is right on track with healthy weight loss.
Good luck, keep on keeping on!

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