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Thursday, March 07, 2013

6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!

Can you please give me motivation and advice? I'm really going to work hard. On Saturday, I'm going to go shopping for ingredients for a recipe or two from the cookbook I pulled out. But I don't really have any food right now, because I just got home from California.
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    1658 days ago
  • BEE2LE
    Lots of fruits & veggies are key for me. I try to eat a salad for either lunch or dinner everyday. Sometimes, it's a salad that has some grains added to it. This is my current favorite:

    (post from 2/22/13. yes the one w/ the adorable baby in sunglasses. keep scrolling down, as the recipe is at the bottom of the post).

    I change the add-ins daily. Sometimes, I add a bunch of veggies. Sometimes I add egg & some marinated veggies.

    I also like to read blogs of the "maintainers" as it's a reminder that these are lifelong healthy choices, not just a quick fix to look good in my swimsuit this summer.

    Get to the grocery store! You can do it!!!
    1658 days ago
    I have really enjoyed doing my once a month shopping and menu planning..I've made it like a game and I try to spend the least amount of money monthly and still have healthy and varied meals...

    Good luck and hope you can find a way to make it fun..maybe make a chart of menu planning and use

    you can do it :)

    Go Starfish!!
    1659 days ago
    Lots of fresh fruits and veggies! Whole grains!
    1659 days ago
    This is really going to be fun, Brenda! Oh, planning menus & buying food & cooking are some of my great joys. Today I decided that next week my main cooking adventure will be those black bean quinoa stuffed peppers that you introduced me to! Housemate agrees that they're especially delicious when made with poblano peppers, so that's what I'll do. Yummm . . .

    I am sure you'll find ways to make tracking more pleasant. Batch cooking & repeating really do help.

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    1659 days ago
    There are some healthier options at fast food places (check out the salads just watch the dressings). Wendy's has some very good ones, as does Chick-Fil-A.
    1659 days ago
    Oatmeal! Oatmeal with apples, raisins, walnuts. Oatmeal with butternut squash and brown sugar. Oatmeal with banana and strawberries.

    Endless oat possibilities!
    1659 days ago
    Brenda, You can do this! I have been so inspired by your comments on my blogs. I look forward to reading your comments each time one comes up!

    My food plan has been pretty simple:
    -- lunches are usually salads with some type of lean protein or soup and veggies
    -- dinners are lean protein and lots of steamed veggies

    On the weekends, I sometimes make big pots of soups to freeze in single-serving portions. Just thaw overnight and heat in the morning, add some veggies and take to work in a thermos bowl!

    Other times, I grill extra chicken breasts to use in recipes or just to heat up with some steamed veggies for a quick dinner.

    Find ways to take the work out of it. I'll fix 3-4 salads on Sunday evening so I don't even have to think about what I am doing for lunch until Wednesday or Thursday!
    1659 days ago
  • HHB4181
    Meal planning for the week is helpful.

    Slow cooker meals are really great because you can eat it a couple of times, not think about 'what to make' for dinner or lunch the next day, and you can copy your calories from dinner one night to lunch the next day. And if they're SP meals, you can add them right into your tracker.

    I fought food tracking for a while, but it does work. Now if I don't track, I don't feel in control. Even if I eat poorly I track, to keep myself accountable.

    You can do this! It might take a while to get used to, tracking everyday, emoticon
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    1659 days ago
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