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    WENDYSTARR   7,476
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A new routine

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Ever since we moved a month ago we have been kind of stuck in the routine of eating out 1 or 2 times a week. I don't like this at all. Like I said in my previous entry I have been on a plateau now for 3 weeks. I lost1 pound in the first week of June and ever since then the scale has stayed relatively the same give or take a few ounces. I think that eating take out and delivery food is the reason.

I set a goal at my meeting this Tuesday to eat food that I have cooked myself for at least 2 meals of every day but I really plan on only eating home cooked food. I know that when I can measure and cook my own food I do much better overall. I hope that this will help me make the scale move this week and from now on!

At one of our last meetings the group leader talked about how she doesn't judge what we eat. She wants us to stay under our calories but if we decide to eat 1500 calories worth of chocolate ice cream she won't tell us that we are bad people or anything. I think this has been my problem. I've been staying in my calorie range but the food I've been eating is NOT nutritious or beneficial to my body. Such as Twix or Dominoes pizza. emoticon I know, I know it's terrible!

This is my chance to get into the routine of being healthy my new apartment and making it a permanent change. I made a big pot of veggie & turkey chili, 12 blueberry muffins (a Sparkrecipe btw) and I'm making some balsamic chicken tonight for dinner. I'm very happy to be off to a good start already emoticon
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WENDYSTARR 7/8/2010 6:14PM

    Thanks everybody! I know it is hard to adjust from eating out which is quick, easy and has zero preparation but I do enjoy cooking so it shouldn't be too bad. Viper - I don't really use a recipe but a method that my friend taught me back in high school. I marinate the chicken in balsamic vinegar and herbs (oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt & pepper) and then grill it usually. It's super easy and tasty with extremely low calories.

Uzimaa - I definitely still manage to fit in my favorite nutritionally void foods lol. i've just been doing it a little too much lately that's all. I know nothing is off limits which is a great relief. I just want to look at my food tracker at the end of the day and be happy with my choices rather than think "I really could've had a piece of fruit instead of that 100 calorie pack of cookies" or "I could have had a whole bag of low fat popcorn instead of that tiny bag of M&Ms and saved 150 calories" so it's just a matter of getting back to making GOOD choices for me!

Lizzieb23 - I would love to come out but I don't know if I can participate in a hike. I have a heart condition and working out in the florida heat is not something I do often unless it's water aerobics LOL.

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UZIMAA 7/8/2010 5:58PM

    I talked to my hubby about the whole weight loss/eating out thing, and we came to a decision that it's more important to eat healthy foods (grown locally, if possible) than to surrender to a whim and go to a restaurant for convenience's sake. We eat at home for breakfast, take lunches to work, and make dinner in the evenings. To make it more special, sometimes we pack our dinner in an insulated cooler and take it up to the rooftop deck to eat. We eat out about once per week, usually brunch. It's easier for me to control what I eat at breakfast and easier to track afterward. I have to say, we've saved so much money by eating at home, and our cooking skills have improved, too!

I think your group leader is right. 1500 calories is 1500 calories, period. If you stay within your calorie range and exercise, you will lose weight. You know what nutrients your body needs to function properly. But everybody needs a day to eat ice cream or pasta or whatever your red light food is. No judgment, just a fact. Don't beat yourself up about it.

Good luck with your new plan! emoticon

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TJBLEEKER 7/8/2010 4:42PM

    I'm in the same boat with you and trying to have 1500 calories. I have done pretty well most days, but then end up bingeing on junk. I"m trying to just not bring it into the house so it's not available.

Good job on setting your new goals and adjusting!

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VIPERPILOT85 7/8/2010 3:33PM

  Good luck! emoticon It sounds like you're off to a really good start - making extra of all those tasty dishes is a great way to up the convenience factor of eating in.

What balsamic chicken recipe do you use?

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LIZZIEB23 7/8/2010 3:27PM

    I completely understand about the eating out. I can pretty much do 2 home cooked meals a day easy. But just now, my husband suggests we go to Ruby Tuesday for dinner....UGH!
So, I am going to make the decision to just have salad...it's not easy but it has to be done.
Just wishing you well on your new routine..... You definitely can do it!

By the way, us Gainesville Sparkers are having a July/August challenge going on now AND we are having our first SparkRally of 2010 at the sinkhole on the 17th of July at 9 am to work... I would love to see you there if you're available.

Again, You CAN do it!

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