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MAKE 3 SMALL CHANGES

Sunday, December 26, 2010

(Adapted from AARP Magazine)

Most diets fail because they ask you to do too much-give up all carbs, or all sugar, or cut your intake to 1,000 calories. Instead, keep it simple: change just 3 things about your eating habits. It's not always possible to adhere to all 3 changes. That's okay. If you try for 3 a day and you only hit two, you're still losing weight.

Easy tricks: These 10 steps have helped people lose at least 20 pounds in 6 months.

1. Include a fruit & a vegetable with your lunch and dinner.

2. Don't eat white foods at dinner.

3. Use the half-plate rule (fill half your plate with salad or veggies).

4. Have a sweet or salty afternoon snack only if you first eat a piece of fresh fruit.

5. Drink one glass of water before every meal or snack.

6. Use the Restaurant Rule of Two: Limit yourself to two items other than your entree.

7. Never eat in front of the tv.

8. Eat a piece of fruit on the way to work every day.

9. Save desserts for weekends.

10. Freeze half of what you make and serve the other half.



  
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SYLVIALYNN2 12/26/2010 11:57AM

    Timely blog for those New Year Resolutions. Wonderfully simple ideas.

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LKWQUILTER 12/26/2010 9:46AM

    I need to try that. Thanks.

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BARBARAJ73 12/26/2010 9:01AM

    All good ones........ emoticon

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JAPOPE1 12/26/2010 8:43AM

  definitely simple and basic suggestions...sounds so easy.. ha!

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THIAWINTER 12/26/2010 7:57AM

    Great ideas!!! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/26/2010 7:53AM

    All good ideas to jump start the new year and this new week.

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SUPERCLAM 12/26/2010 7:50AM

  Smart ideas!

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LADYRH 12/26/2010 7:42AM

    Great suggestions and all we can live with.
I bought smaller plates so it looks like I have lots of food - which I do not.
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Holiday Knock Knock Joke

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Knock, knock

Who’s there?

Dexter.

Dexter who?

Dexter halls with boughs of holly.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!! HOPE SANTA WAS GOOD TO YOU.

  
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BARBARAJ73 12/26/2010 9:01AM

    I emoticon knock knock jokes!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/25/2010 3:59PM

    LOVE IT!

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ANIMALMAGIC 12/25/2010 11:35AM

  emoticon emoticonSanta was VERY good to me - will blog about it when the champagne has worn off! emoticon
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JAPOPE1 12/25/2010 8:34AM

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PJSTIME 12/25/2010 7:37AM

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FOCUS ON YOUR BIGGEST DIETARY DANGER ZONE

Friday, December 24, 2010

(Adapted from AARP Magazine)

Yes, you might have multiply danger zones (I know I sure do!), but which one is adding the most pounds? For homebodies, it might be meal stuffing or snack grazing (or both?). For social butterflies, it might be restaurant indulging or party binging. For workaholics, it might be desktop/dashboard dining.

Many of us aren't sure which of the dietary danger zones is our biggest problem. One AARP member wanted to control his party binging. When he was at a party, he said, no potato chip or cookie was safe. He was convinced this was the source of the 30 to 40 extra pounds he wanted to lose. When asked how many parties he attended each year, he said "Usually every New Year's Eve." Clearly, one party a year was not his 40-pound problem. His real problem ended up being the snacking he did between 3 and 5 pm.

So, try to determine what your dietary danger zone really is and work on that!

  
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ANIMALMAGIC 12/25/2010 5:36AM

  Mindlessly snacking between meals is my danger zone. Trying not to as from today - not the best day to start!
Happy Christmas hun
Jay x emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/24/2010 7:23PM

    Holidays just want to eat more for some reason.

I am believing that Food does not make us happy, stuff does not make us happy. It's what's in our hearts & the Love Of God that truly makes us happy.

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IDENTIFY YOUR WEAKNESS

Thursday, December 23, 2010

(Adapted from AARP Magazine)

Most of us don't eat poorly all the time. There's usually one time of day-or one day during the week-when we fall into a "dietary danger zone."

MEAL STUFFING - Stuffers overeat at mealtimes, filling and refilling their plates, perhaps because they haven't eaten much earlier in the day.

PARTY BINGING - Receptions and celebrations are distracting environments for party bingers, who can lose track-or control-of how much they've eaten or drunk.

DESKTOP/DASHBOARD DINING - Both desktop and dashboard diners are speed eaters. They eat at work or on the go to save time-yet often don't realize how much they've eaten, since they're eating quickly.

RESTAURANT INDULGING - The restaurant indulger eats out often, having dinner away from home at least 3 nights a week. Research shows that if you're served more (as you usually are at restaurants), you'll automatically eat more.

SNACK GRAZING - Grazers typically reach for food more from habit than hunger. Maybe it's that 3 p.m. slump, when the offerings in the office vending machine actually look good.

  
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SYLVIALYNN2 12/26/2010 11:59AM

    Thinking maybe I need to rethink joining AARP. Enjoying the excerpts and information.

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ANIMALMAGIC 12/24/2010 3:18AM

  I too have been guilty of all of the above. Its a constant battle made easier with the help of Spark People and Spark friends.
Jay x

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JANNIEWANNIE 12/23/2010 11:18AM

    I am all of the above, especially a fast eater. Time is a stressor for me I guess. Thanks for making me think. Hugs from J

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55WALKER 12/23/2010 7:19AM

    stress eaters emoticon

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TOP REASON TO WORK OUT IN WINTER

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fitness Magazine ran the following poll:

What's the top reason you work out in the winter?

56% - To prevent pounds from creeping on

20% - To justify indulging in comfort food

15% - To keep me sane during the holiday season

9% - To look good in my little black dress.

What's your reason?

Mine is to justify indulging in comfort food. I just can't seem to help it around this time of year, although I have been getting better at only taking a small taste instead of a huge portion. That's progress, right?



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MAYBER 12/22/2010 6:58PM

    don't we all need this remnder at this time of the year
watching portion control and enjoying tastes of the high calorie foods therefore not feeling deprived one meal at a time

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/22/2010 6:31PM

    I think a big part is so I don't gain weight.

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KEEKEE1ST 12/22/2010 3:43PM

    I just need to workout! Its one thing I dislike. I know its important. With the new year beginning soon, maybe I'll put in some extra effort to work on incorporating exercise in my weekly schedule/plans.

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JUDITHANNIE 12/22/2010 9:02AM

    I'm going to try to eat smaller portions this Christmas Eve for out family party. Started using the treadmill since it's to dangerous to walk at this time of the year. Hopefully won't gain to much I've worked to hard to lose what I have already. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LLLAWSON 12/22/2010 8:15AM

    I agree. It's to enjoy the food of the season and not gain the 10 lbs that most people do. This time of year people make things that you don't any other time and tastes here and there aren't gonna break the scale.

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KIMOTHY77 12/22/2010 7:17AM

    To justify indulging in comfort food:)

Mmmmm.....

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PJSTIME 12/22/2010 7:10AM

    Mine is definitely to keep the pounds off don't want to have to relose them again.

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