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I Need Help!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I need help! I'm struggling! I thought i'd cry out to all you wonderful Spark friends because I know that you can help me. I've been floundering for several months at the same weight or up and then down and then the same and then up and on and on. Remember I wrote that blog about struggling with the "comfort food" time of year? Well, I'm still having so much trouble. And I think I probably will until Spring! I need motivation so I can have some success before then! I'm exercising alot. Yesterday I did 45 minutes on the recumbent bike, in segments and 10 minutes of fast walking. I know that that's not alot to alot of you but to me, that is alot! With having RA, that is alot! I know that I need to eat more veggies. I can't keep going through days and days with just one or two. I do like cooked veggies but I need to plan more. Mainly fruits that I like. I don't care for cold salads so much this time of the year as the main course. This morning was my weigh-in and I'm up to 170 now. Yep, out of the 160's that I felt for months!! Help! Please! I know that I'm always so faithful at commenting on other blogs when they're needing help. I just need to apply it to myself!!! I will conquer this burden of extra pounds! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Bye-Bye Buddies, Karen
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    This is how I get more veges into me... Kale i find is bitter, but when I put a kiwifruit with it and make it into a smoothie, it becomes delicious!


    And this vege fritata looks quite easy to adapt to whatever veges you have lying around :)
    1477 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/7/2013 4:07:24 PM
    Exercise is extremely important because it will make you stronger and boost your metabolism
    Calories are still the #1 answer to weight loss.
    And food choices are key to curbing your cravings and whether your body chooses to store calories or burn it for fuel.
    Starches and sugar increase insulin levels and make you store calories.
    If you want a MAGIC PILL the answer is lots of non-starchy veggies. the choice is yours.

    Forget about what you like or don't like.
    Change your attitude towards food and start liking the results you will see. emoticon emoticon
    1508 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/7/2012 10:34:35 AM
  • HI-NRG
    So glad you came here when you needed support. Keep us updated on how everything is going. Let us know if any of the suggestions are helping and we can offer other suggestions. I know when I get like this and I ask for help I really don't follow much of the advice, but what I end up doing is finding my own way. However, the help and advice I got from everyone was just as important because it kept reminding me I am not alone. That helps me a lot. Hope some of this made sense.
    1513 days ago
    Just keep treading water, and you will make it to the other side. The last 30lbs is the hardest but you can do it.

    I hit a plateau for 1 year, so I allowed myself to eat everything and anything until I gained 10, then 20lbs. I'm not worried though, I know now that this will break the plateau and gave my mind and body a break from feeling stressed at looking at the scale and measurements. Now I am back on track, joining the gym again for winter months and counting the calories.

    Try some complex carbohydrates like brown rice, beans, and whole wheat breads and add fiber to your diet then you will see a budge in your weight. Also those things will keep you more fuller.

    Look how far you have come!!! When I saw you this month you looked wonderful, "cute as a button".

    You can do it I know you can. Keep up the good work!!

    Get refocused on having a positive mind set on all that you have obtained, don't get discouraged you have just hit a bump in the road and need to fix the tire, so you can get up and rolling again.

    Love you bunches, your dear friend. Christine
    1547 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2012 1:20:51 PM
  • 4CYNDI
    It looks like you've gotten some great advice already. Know that you are not alone in struggling during this season change. I have also been struggling and need to get in more veggies too. I eat more soups like beef country vegetable during the winter, but the cold weather/high calorie foods often get me. I also love a good stir fry.

    Good luck!
    1551 days ago
    I am struggling also. Taking up
    sewing project to keep me busy.
    Going to a women's craft get to-
    gether. We are to only bring salads.
    Plus we will do some walking down
    her road. So mixing up will help. We
    have had some snow, so it can be
    cold. Arthtris can give its share of pain.
    Ok hang in there it's worth it. Love Rose emoticon
    1552 days ago
  • NANT406
    I can definitely relate to what you're going though dear friend. Great job getting your exercise in--I know what a chore it can be when you have RA. There have been a lot of great suggestions from fellow sparkers. Stews, soups, roasted veggies all sound great--casseroles are also another way to get more veggies in. Mixing up your exercises is also a good idea, What works best for me is baby steps...drinking lots of water....breaking up exercise into 10 minute segments like you've been doing....and remembering to eat breakfast everyday. Keep tracking your food and trying new recipes. Maybe you could do another motivation collage or join a new spark team. I wish you the best on your journey. Keep on sparking!

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    1552 days ago
    RA makes it harder to exercise, I think you are doing great. Soups are wonderful to cut calories when broth based. You know the salad of winter. Have you tried cutting out wheat with you RA? My brother-in-law did and found it helps him so much.
    This is an interesting site.http://www.foods-that-heal.com
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    1552 days ago
    55 minutes of finess is GREAT!!! And I love that you break it into 10 minute segments! Much more manageable!

    So, you don't like cold salads... sounds like you need some awesome stew recipes!!! Hearty soups and stews filled with delicious winter vegetables!!

    1552 days ago
    I have R.A. too and know that sometimes I don't feel like doing anything but if I force myself it helps me. I've been gaining too and it must stop. I think the key is to get back to basics. For me that's eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch. It makes it simpler for me until I can get under control.
    1552 days ago
    It looks like you have received a lot of terrific advice. It's really hard to fight off those urges when the come on strong. First, don't beat yourself up... nobody is going to be perfect and it's about doing better a little at a time and trying to learn what works for you. For me, my goals really keep me motivated. I'm not talking about weight loss goals, but goals about what I want to do, etc. I know I have to get healthier to do those things and sometimes those goals help me make better choices. Also, make sure you are getting enough water and balanced nutrition. Don't skimp on healthy fats just because they are higher calories - they really can help you feel satisfied before those craving creep in. I eat nuts almost daily and they really help when I do it before a craving comes on. And then there are all the other healthy fats and proteins that help too.

    Take care and keep pushing to reach your goals!
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    1552 days ago
    I am empathizing. I weighed in for the challenge today and I'm up 3 lbs. Ugh!! Maybe we can help each other.
    1552 days ago
    Hi Karen! You've definitely done the right thing in posting! I understand that midwest change of season thing this time of year and I crave a lot of those comfort foods too along with not caring much for cold salads. Alo peanng with soups, I also by the easy steam bags of frozen veggies so that they are on hand and easy to cook. I have even found ones in the refrigerator section containing red skinned potatoes with pea pods. I love potatoes and this helps me portion them out a little better. I tried a few new recipies for baking carrots and bell peppers on a cookie sheet with a little olive oil, salt and pepper for 10 to 15 minutes along with trying to get a taste for sweet potatoes. Not sure if you like any of these things, but maybe they will help you think of something else in the veggie department:)

    Beyond veggies, I also try getting into hot beverages like peppermint tea and low cal/sugar free hot cocoa for an evening snack so I don't eat so much. I love to bake, so I have started trying to alter my cookie recipies a bit by using more oatmeal and whole wheat flour for my chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. I figure if I add the fiber, it's better than nothing! I also alter other receipes for dinner like using whole wheat pasta with ragu sauce with extra veggies and turkey sausage or ground turkey for the meat. Even these small substitutions can make a difference and still give us the comfort foods we crave. Hope this helps! Hang in there, because, believe me, I am right here with you! emoticon
    1553 days ago
    Miss Karen - take a deep breath and sit down and just let the tension pour out of your arms and then the rest of your body.

    Comfort foods can be happy foods too! I saw someone mention a beef stew... put TONS of veggies in the crock pot and let them simmer down. The nutrients will still be there in the broth, and the red meat may help as well. That will get your iron levels up and may make you feel full as well.

    The other thing I can mention, and this is what has saved me... keep a plate of fruit by you at night (like cantaloupe, grapefruit, some yogurt, etc) so you can snack on those things instead of getting up to make someting not so healthy. Also, keep a bowl of almonds around and munch on them.

    Get some Special K bars (the 90-cal ones) and keep them in a "snack drawer" wherever you snack before you go to bed. I snack IN BED while watching TV, so I have a big bag of Special K bars and I know it's okay to have 1 or 2 at night, depending on how much I have had to eat all day. Soemtimes I don't eat anything until dinner, so I can use the extra calories at night. I just am not hungry through the day.

    We'll keep on brainstorming, but please know you can reach out at any time and we will be there. All you need to do is ask.

    Love you and many hugs my friend,
    1553 days ago
    Good job with your exercise! (For me, getting back to exercising helps me want to make better food choices.) I noticed alot of people mentioned roasting vegetables and I have to agree with that suggestion. Also, I make chili and stews that are heavy on veggies. I have V-8 at lunch sometimes just to get a veggie in. Start with small, do-able steps...1 or 2 veggies each day until you build up to 5 or whatever your personal goal is. I also try to look for new, different vegetables and fruits at the store to try. Makes it a little more exciting.
    Be kind and gentle with yourself. Treat yourself like you would a good friend. Little steps add up. Don't give up! You are worth it!
    1553 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    I had some baked caulifower the other day--kind of like a cassarole--and it was really good and low-fat, too. The other thing, besides roasting, would be to add seasonings to them--I get the pre-made seasonings like the Mr's Dash or Weber's and they are are really good on cooked veggies. Little to no calories and high on taste.

    1553 days ago
    I'm sorry you're struggling right now, and I can totally relate. Do you like soups and stews? Those are warm and yummy, and a great way to sneak in loads of veggies! And maybe you could whip up some stir frys with lots of veggies, and even eggs with veggies (and apples!). You could look up recipes on sparkrecipes for more ideas. There's usually lots of amazing things there.

    Hang in there, and keep pushing! Trust me, I know it's hard, but you've got to just keep going, one step at a time. You can do it!
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    1553 days ago
    Do you like roasted vegetables? I had them last night and they are wonderful! Plus, they are easy and warm!!!!

    Let me think a little more to see if there is anything else that I can come up with.

    1553 days ago
    Karen, I am so sorry you are struggling. I too am having a hard time. I saw that recipie on the home page this morning with the lentils and squash, and I think I will try that. Then it will be one hand in the fridge whenever I am hungry. Maybe you should try something like that?
    I often have a ratatouie in the fridge. I can put it inside an eggwhite omlette for breakfast or beside a piece of talapia for lunch or dinner. Its warm and soothing for the winter months.

    Keep up the good work. I too tested positive for RA, I don't have a lot of aches and pains, but I do have days when Im not too frisky! So, whatever activity you do will be better than nothing at all Girlfriend!
    1553 days ago
    What about making stew with vegetables. You can put whatever vegetables you want in a stew and it's warm and it suits this time of year better than salads. It's just a suggestion.

    You are doing excellent with exercise, especially with having RA! Keep it up!

    Remind yourself why you want to get those lbs off. I read a quote somewhere and it reads: "Don't confuse comfort with happiness." Maybe it will be helpful to try to remember that and repeat it. Maybe not. It's up to you to take it or leave it.

    You CAN do this! You WILL do this! You ARE working toward reaching your goals!
    Keep it up!

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    1553 days ago
    I like roasting my veggies with the tiniest bit of olive oil and salt. It takes longer to cook them, but they are oh so yummy. I even throw some on a saucer just to snack on finger food style when they are cool enough. If they get too cool, I can zap them in the micro for 15 sec and they're just right again.
    1553 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So very sorry you are struggling Karen :(( If you are comfortable with cooking (you would be way ahead of me if you are), there are lots of hot veggie options that are healthy. Spark Recipes has all kinds of substitutions, hiding your veggies in standby favorites like mashed poatoes, lasagna, shepherd's pie, and even three cheese macaroni and cheese. One of my favorite things I get Mom to make for me is roasted root veggies. We use parsnip, sweet potato (better for you by far than white) beet, carrots, turnips or what ever is fresh and available at the Farmer's Market. Make a big batch and warm it up enjoying it through the week. Make it flavorful by adding spices you like. We find rosemary to be great as well as garlic, chipotle, but you can experiment. She cleans, cuts up the veggies into cubes, puts them in huge plastic bag with spices and some oil (so they don't burn in the pan and shakes them up coating them evenly) Roasting really livens their flavor and are so much better than soggy frozen or canned sides. There is no reason to force down dull cold veggies. Salads are history. Make a spinich (the nutrients are absorbed better cooked anyway) omelete using egg whites (a protein staple for me), add tomatoes, onions and a sprinkle of an old strong cheese to give that cheese taste but without a huge serving and calories. The trick is to use one like asiago, where a little goes a long way. Using spaghetti squash instead of pasta, you can add to it like the real deal, veggies, sauces, you name it. I love the fall harvest season as lots of veggies come out and they are so much better when they haven't travelled 1000 miles to get to you!! A tip using Spark recipes, get some veggies, then search for them for recipes, may be interesting what you can find to do with them. If you like Indian spices, masala chic peas can't be beat. Veggies are the main focus of my meals. I eat so much I don't have room for the high carbs of breads etc. It works for me. I love my fruit shake for breakfast (I eat five servings of fruit then alone).
    You are worth it to put in the effort to make your meals more healthy. Like doing the same exercise over and over can get stale and put you on a plateau (because your body gets used to it, adapts and then burns fewer calories, eating the same things can too, especially if they tend to be high carb choices.. I urge you to get out there and explore the world of veggies. There is help at every corner how to prepare and eat them, no excuses.. You can do this!!
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    1553 days ago
    Oh I can understand you SO good. But: don't give up.
    Change small things - like more vegetables. Then change recipes for lighter versions. Plan ahead, cook double and freeze half. Try some vegan stuff.

    But: don't give up :)
    1553 days ago
    Sounds like you are getting your exercise in. emoticon

    Can you sit down and plan out a few days of menus or meal ideas to help you focus on using healthier ingredients/adding more freggies?

    I try to make a dinner plan on the weekend that includes a new recipe each week so that we are trying new things and not getting stuck in any food ruts. It usually only takes 15-20 to plan out the meals if I know what we have on hand as I keep a running list of recipes to try. I'm not a complete stickler for keeping to the exact day of when I planned it because sometimes plans change and some meals are easier to prepare than others in a time crunch.

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    1553 days ago
    I think this is a hard transition time for lots of us. It seems you are doing everything right. My only suggestions would be change your routine around a bit. Maybe the order you are doing your exercise or throwing in something new if you can. I know it is so hard with the RA but maybe a new exercise will shake things up. Also, are you measuring your portions? I find when I quit measuring for a bit, my portions tend to grow a little. Over time, this will add up. And Always...drink your emoticon
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    1553 days ago
    Check out Spark recipes for lighter versions of fall comfort foods. This is a great time of year for soups and stews - bulk them up with extra vegetables that you like. This is a tough time of year especially with the holidays coming. But you can do it! Keep moving your body like you have been. Keep your portions small and sneak vegetables into every meal. You will emerge in the Spring happy with your healthy choices this winter. You can do it!
    1553 days ago
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