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Does that cost $$ ?

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I have been using the Sparkcoach and I've found it be useful.



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I do, I think it's worth the upgrade and you get the same as you get in the trial (IMHO).

If you haven't used the trial you could always open another account just for that purpose and give it a try - 7 days worth. I think subscription offers are a month, three months or a year.

This is what you get:

1) Daily visualization task - something to make you think a bit more positively

2) A check-in page which prompts you to check in on the important things, plus a big hint
with helpful advice targeting which area you are not getting to grips with yet.

3) A video (sometimes text) from the Spark Experts on their topic i.e. exercise, food prep,
nutrition and keeping up your motivation.

4) A tracking page which you complete to give the big picture view of how you are doing
exercise, nutrition plus anything else you've decided to track.

5) A community page to remind you to get involved in the community so you have a better
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6) A Woohoo! page which congratulates you on doing so well and they will see you
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Does anybody use the spark coach? Is it worth the upgrade and if it is, for what?



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When I stop tracking I destroy all that I have done. At least for that day. I eat worse, I skip a day of exercising... it really isn't good. I need to get back on track.



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" End of May when we go in again I'm going to have 2 eggs instead of the bacon, two rounds of toast with just two pats of butter and a small Costa cappuccino" - Message Posted by: JUULEE - 4/27/2013




...and it was delicious....

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Edit: Next goal in 1st July - beans on toast on wholemeal bread without butter.


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I found that looking at the amount of calories I burn has helped, I know I run two miles and burn about 220 calories, when I look at the serving size of 2 cookies and it's 170 calories, I have to really think if it's worth it (since it would be about 1.5 miles I would have to run just to get rid of those calories). Sometimes I decide it is, but others I have changed my mind.

Special K is amazingly sweet and very little in calories. This has helped a lot too



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Since using the Food Tracker I am more accountable for what I eat. Seeing what I eat daily is helping me to retrain my diet. To eliminate a bunch of junk food I was eating before and limit my portions.

On the way to success!


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Today we had breakfast out when we went shopping. I didn't have my usual full English Breakfast and instead cut back to 2 slices of bacon, an egg with two rounds of thickly buttered toast with a medium Costa cappuccino. I was quite pleased with myself as my other half was going for everything as usual.

When I got home I put it into the food tracker to see what I had really eaten - even that is too high in cals and sodium for me. End of May when we go in again I'm going to have 2 eggs instead of the bacon, two rounds of toast with just two pats of butter and a small Costa cappuccino.

The month after that I'd like to think I'd be down to half of that again.

So it's going to take me 2 months to get to that stage without feeling deprived and that's if everything goes to plan.

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*echos prior comments about portion size
*echos nutrition tracker advice
*echos less carbs more proteins

Training is training. Dont do too much all at once. Thats a recipe for failure.



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The biggest thing for me was learning what a proper portion size was. Most of the food I was eating was technically healthy, but when you eat as many calories for dinner as you should eat all day, you're gonna pack on pounds anyway!

I've also learned how to cook more interesting and balanced meals, and that my body is happiest when it gets sufficient protein, so I plan for that. I've expanded my spice cabinet so that I can make delicious food that tastes different every day, that isn't filled with sodium or fatty flavors.

Do something everyday that your future self will thank you for.


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The biggest thing that I have learned is to not let your healthy food run out or go bad- stay on top of replenishing your go-to foods and beverages. Don't cheap out on your favorite brands of food- if there is a certain brand you like, get it; I am all for a bargain, but it's no bargain if you are stuck with stuff that's mediocre.



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I'm going to take one day at a, time.Journal everything you eat so you know what you are eating and don't be hard on yourself if you slip,get up and start anew.



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Totally agree!

If you will do what you CAN.... God will do what you CAN'T.

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* burn 2000 calories this week
* workout at least 4x this week
* bed by 10pm
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I second all the good advice about the Nutrition Tracker. It's been the biggest aid for me. I find I'm more aware of what I'm eating when I know I have to remember it for later entry in the Tracker. I used to "just eat." Now I use food for its nutritional value more than just the taste.

A thing I've discovered along the way is that the more whole and healthy foods I eat, the more my previous diet disagrees with me! I love burgers. I make all sorts of burgers at home. I got stuck away from home a couple weeks ago and decided to go for a fast-food burger, sans bun...and I took one bite and thought, "huh? this is food? they call this 'meat'?!?" It seriously didn't even taste like food. It might have been the smell of the greasy fries pervading the whole establishment, too. bleah. The more good food I eat, the less I want or can even tolerate the unhealthy stuff.

I've also discovered that some of my "pickiness" in food isn't (and has never been) "picky" at all. I have a sensitivity to many many FODMAPs and nightshades. That can make planning menus tough! but once I stopped trying to compel my body to digest foods it couldn't handle, things got much better. It's well worth trying an elimination diet to see if there's things which aren't just I-don't-likes, and instead are really things your body is trying desperately to clue you in about!

The biggest windfall to me has been the prescribed diet our endocrinologist put us on. For me, it was just for weight loss. For my husband, it's Type 2 diabetes. I've lost a huge amount of weight (so far!), and his BG is lots better and the doctor says if he can keep with it he'll soon be off meds altogether. The diet is his version of a restricted carb/paleo plan, and, while I was extremely dubious at first, I'd NEVER go back to my "prior lifestyle" now.

People see low carb or restricted carb as impossible to adopt...but that's because we've been led to rely so much on them. I'm a *terrible* carb addict. That's been the toughest thing to accomplish. I still struggle with it a bit, and can't say I never succumb to it...but if I step off the path and eat some delicious carby thing, I'm going to pay for it in cravings and stalls in weight loss...and it just isn't really worth it. I still do it - addict that I am. But I know my error even as I'm doing it, and I take my "punishment" later on in stride.

Alternatively, the really wonderful thing about low-carb is that you can (and should!) eat all the delicious whole food, full fat, savory sauces, veggies and fruits (non-starchy and not the sugary stuff) and pretty much anything else you want or can dream up. The only thing I watch is my carb grams. I don't even know what my calories are. I don't (and can't, for health reasons) exercise. People look at my meals and swear I can't possibly be on a diet! And, of course, I'm not - I'm in a new lifestyle. I love it. It works. It's easy, other than the fact that I struggle against carbs, and I'd be doing that on ANY weight loss plan. So it's a moot point.

You *can* learn to eat healthy. It's not so much a matter of "training" as it is in finding out what real food actually is. Once you start giving your body natural foods, it's going to reject all these frankenfoods we've been pushed at (or which have been pushed at us) for so many years. And you'll be wondering to yourself how you could ever have thought that stuff was edible!

Oh - and to the person who mentioned something about being "addicted" to wheat: you're not just making commentary there. Wheat is truly physically addicting. It stimulates the same pathways in the brain that things like opiates do. You're not dreaming it, and it's not just a willpower issue. It's a physical condition. There's good research on it out there. Big-ag and the pharmaceutical companies would rather we not know these things (and thereby reduce their profits), and keep at us about "healthy grains" (which are ANYthing *but*!). Check the websites. You might be amazed.

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Training is a truly accurate descriptor for this process. I am having to alter my relationship with food. We are chronic go-out-to-eaters. I was frustrated because I was working out enough and still not losing weight. Little did I realize that even the healthy options at restaurants still aren't healthy. I decided to start cooking at home more, and doing so has altered my perspective on food. When you take the time to prepare it, you know exactly what goes in it. It's not that I can't cook -- I just don't want to. So I'm "training" myself on the importance of preparing my own healthy meals. I have to take the bull by the horns.

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Training is a great word. For me, I am just starting (three weeks going on four). I have found this challenge extremely difficult. Mostly, I have been sticking with the program. I find that each day I eat less junk food. Tracking is a great part of the training. Reading the daily report each night before I go to bed trains me on which foods give me the greater benefits. Finding supplements and new foods that support the lack of important nutrients I get. I love the articles to read and spark radio. What a complete program is offered here to learn about dient and nutrition!

I will go... I will do...


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A fascinating thread! Thank you, all. I'm excited to learn some new techniques.



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Do you like soups? Better Than Bouillon soup bases are VERY good. I also keep a jar of hot and sour soup base on hand, along with jarred ginger and garlic (I'm lazy). You can have a week's worth of meals cooked in less than half an hour with almost no effort using frozen vegies (I prefer fresh but in winter can't get good ones). Add your favorite proteins and seasonings, maybe a starch, and voila!

Right now, wild edibles are popping up all over. There are some good books on what's safe and tasty and how to prepare it; you want one with photos, not drawings. I found a couple of good ones at the library. Look around your back yard, or take a hike!

Trying to live binge-free.


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emoticon freggies!! Tis the season for fresh! Go get it and be creative!! Healthy is NOT boring!!

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Alot of great ideas/suggestions....such helpful information...

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All these great ideas and advice!!! I would say learning to cook is key...it makes it easier for you to do substitutions and how to season your foods. The best way to learn is to practice practice practice!!! Try out some Sparkrecipes, obviously, but if you need basics you should make a few good purchases or at least check out some cook books from the library. I love the 1997 version of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. I know, maybe you aren't a vegetarian but it doesn't hurt to add more veggies to your life emoticon

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VUKELK
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I think it's all about tracking everything that enters my mouth and making healthier choices at the grocery store. Can't wait for Farmer's Markets to begin....love the fresh produce.

Focus! You can do this!


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Doing better than I thought I would because of tracking, for me tracking helps me to think before I eat anything. Which is really helping me stay on track. emoticon

Edited by: PEARLIEBABY at: 4/24/2013 (00:24)
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..... lookingtoeaseondowntheroad


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Just take one day at a time

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Wow, look at you FITGLAMGIRL! You are doing great. Im really inspired by your chart and your choices!
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SP Food track influences me more. I have an auto-calculator on my mind when I am hungry. I will choose low cal or healthier things like veggies, nuts, egg or fruit.



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Jogging 5 miles at around 5 - 6 AM makes one quite hungry for breakfast. Having done that for 40 years, I have a very good habit of eating a well balanced breakfast that can carry me through the noon hour. However, I prefer to eat small amounts every 2-3 hours given the chance, so I carry food with me all day, every day.

It is in the afternoon and evening when I fall apart. I tend to eat less healthy snacks because I am very tired and want to go to bed, but can't because of chores and work to be completed. I have a hard time turning down ice cream and cookies. Best bet is not to have them in the house.

I am slowly changing my late day and evening snacks to healthy options, but it has been a lifelong struggle.



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I eat a healthy breakfast, which I believe starts your day off right. Plus I usually bring my lunch to work. I do have access to a nice salad bar too. When I get home is the hardest because I cook dinner and I like to snack while I'm preparing it. Trying to do better.

One day at a time! You can do anything you set your mind to!!


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Try some "Organic Foods" also the milk. I don't care for Almond Vanilla Milk, it has too much sugar in it and was too sweet for me. Organic Foods are better as they are/have not had "pesticides" on them. My buys, 90% Organic Foods. We have a Dairy farm about 18 miles from where I live, and now can buy their Milk, Ice cream and etc, from a local Bulk Food Store in town. They process their own foods(milk and etc)
www.shetlermilk.com

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i try not to use oil,fats to much salt . we dont eat alot of meat and i eat brown bread instead of white. i make sure to drink 8-9 glasses of water a day i eat at least 2 fruits a day and then my veg at night. emoticon



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so many people have said preplan your menu and i totally agree! not only will you save $, but without that last minute "what will i make for dinner?! well, ___ is easy..." you will eat much healthier. also, try to find small substitutions that you know you can maintain, switching to something you don't really like with the idea that you will "try to stick it out" is not going to work. i kept trying to switch to almond milk because it has way fewer calories/fat than regular milk, but couldn't stick to it because i didn't really like it. i found a recipe on how to make your own and tried it on a whim. it is SO much better than store bought! those little things add up if you choose things you will be consistent about.



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I preprep and plan all my foods also always carry healthy snacks withme. I keep my fridge full of veggies and fruits



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I'm making my lunch and breakfast the night before as I seldom have time to make them in the morning, especially as that is when I like to get to the Y to exercise by 7:00 a.m. This seems to be helping me to have breakfast and lunch at regular times.

"Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb

"Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never." - Winston Churchill

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Try spicing up your oven-baked chicken to satisfy that craving for chic fil a. You could add red pepper or pepper sauce and then eat it on 100% whole-grain bread. Try to find healthier replacement versions of foods that you just can't do without and if you keep eating healthy, maybe healthier foods will replace them altogether.

I worked out today's menu completely last night before I went to bed, so this morning all that was needed was to look and see what was for breakfast! emoticon Stuck with it, too. emoticon

Edited by: CHUBBYNOMORE3 at: 4/21/2013 (20:52)
At 144 I will be within my acceptable weight range, and no longer "overweight."

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I'm going to create a new challenge for myself as far as eating healthy is concerned. I will be creating a daily meal plan for myself. Then, I will work my way up to creating weekly menus.

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

No one can do what you are called to do, but you!

Great works are performed not by strength but by perserverance. - Samuel Johnson


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Great thread! I am going to try journaling. I got rid of sodas, junk food, processed foods a long time ago, but my issue is choc now and then, making homemade desserts, not drinking enough water and I want to rid my body of any bread items or pasta type foods.

My goal more veggies, fruits, and meats. I have these last stubborn 5 pounds to go and I want them off.

Cheers,

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The only way this works for me is to journal one day ahead and not veer from this plan. Then I know what I can have and can't have. My body feels much better when I'm eating healthy.
When you are consistent in healthy habits, magic is happening in your body and mind, even if the scale isn't moving.

Focus! You can do this!


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excellent topic and lots of ideas

Happiness is there if you chose it.


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KLUTZY68
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4/20/13 7:41 A

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One thing I've done in the past is keep a clothing fund. For example, if I craved a Chick-Fil-A but didn't buy one, I would put the money I'd spend on it in my fund. This fund was for buying clothes as I lost weight and shrank out of what I had. That really helped!

Someone mentioned you may not have tasted well-cooked vegies. Try roasting or grilling fresh or even frozen ones; it really brings out the sweetness, and I can't think of any veg that isn't improved. Some of my favorites are beets, onions, asparagus, brussels sprouts, and yams; I toss them with a little olive oil, some herbs and spices, and vinegar or balsamic, or an Asian profile with ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. There's a recipe for kale chips, I haven't tried it yet but it's very popular. Plant a garden this spring, or at least a couple of containers. My favorite way to eat vegies is sitting and picking in the garden! You can also try cloning your favorite fast foods in a lower cal version; there are several sites with copycat recipes, and a book too. You could copy the Chick FA spices and use them in an oven-fried recipe, and cook some oven fries and roasted vegies at the same time. It wouldn't be 100%, but you might be surprised by how good it tastes, especially the second or third time. Also remember you can cook several meals' worth of things you like and pack them for lunch to avoid that trip to the junk food joint. Buy some herbs and spices and experiment!

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HOPING2010
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4/19/13 2:00 P

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Your doctors suggestion about eating fruits and veggies was great! Eating lots of fruits and veggies has been working for me! I watched the documentary 'Forks Over Knives' and it was an AMAZING eye opener!! Wow! Even my parents are raving about it! It has changed how we view our food. I then watched the 'Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue' and now I am doing the 28 day Challenge of trying to eat a plant based diet, which is basically being a healthy non-precessed food eating Vegan. I have lost 6 pounds and I am day 19!!!!!! I have NEVER lost weight this quickly and I haven't been working out like crazy. I may do a 20-30 min cardio or bootcamp dvd or 30 min on the treadmill, or a 15min kettlebell dvd along with 10min on the spin bike and so far I have been successful. :-) I may have to step up the cardio if I see that my loss slows down? Anyway, I have been making smoothies in our VItamix with low cal organic strawberries, an orange, two leaves of kale or collard, a banana, chia seeds and raw organic cacao nibs and a bit of plant based protein powder, and a cup of unsweetened organic almond drink. (I vary the fruits and veggies of course, but I get a lot of fiber and goodness this way!) Check out the Engine2diet.com for great recipes using veggies and fruits! I found it to be helpful!!! :-) I saw the documentaries on Netflix so I didn't have to go out and rent them. I actually crave fruits and veggies more now! :-)



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THATBRONWYNGIRL
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4/19/13 1:02 P

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For me, it helped to focus on what I *could* eat, rather than what I couldn't. When I first asked my doctor how to lose weight, she didn't even say the word 'diet'...she said 'eat 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables the size of your fist, every day.' If you focus on having to work in all those fruits and vegetables...I mean, I wound up too full to worry about snacking...
I've also tried the '3-day' or 'cardiac' diet...not to 'drop up to 10lb in three days,' because that's just ridiculous, but to retrain myself to eat smaller quantities (and of the right things!)...suddenly, when I was off the diet, I found myself packing smaller lunches, nibbling a healthier snack in the afternoon, and filled up easier.
So for me, anyway, it was about a readjustment in thinking!

"If you don't like who you are and where you are, don't worry about it because you're not stuck either with who you are or where you are. You can grow. You can change. You can be more than you are." - Zig Ziglar

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." --W. Dyer


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4/19/13 11:10 A

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I think doing it in babysteps is the only way to truly retrain yourself to eat healthy. If you try to do it all at once, you feel like you are being deprived. But the less you eat sugary or salty foods, the less you need to feel like it is a treat.

Also, looking at the nutritional info for foods BEFORE you eat them can go a long way in how you feel about eating it. When you KNOW that you are eating 300+ calories and not meeting any of your nutritional ranges other than carbs, when you could choose a different option and use a much smaller portion of your calorie "budget", you are more likely to start making different choices - maybe just a small portion of the calorically dense food paired with a lighter counterpart to beef it up. Some fresh fruit on the side with a half-portion of dessert, or fresh veggies on the side with half a cheeseburger. I always eat the "treat" part first, and then when I have that "not satisfied" feeling, I eat the healthy stuff.



 
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LDHAWKE
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I can't even remember the last time we ate fast food. But I will admit I do get a taste for a burger every now and then. When I do, I go online and check out the nutritional information for the foods at my choice of restaurants. (For example, at Wendy's a junior cheeseburger is lower in calories than a chicken sandwich.} After spending at least 15 minutes comparing NI for the fast foods, I usually lose my taste for it.

As for sweets, I love dark chocolate, which is good for you. I eat one square of Ghiradelli's Dark Chocolate on a daily basis. I spread that little square out in 4 bites instead of popping the whole thing in my mouth. It works for me because I am satisfied and don't crave another piece.

Another sweet I enjoy is a Tootsie Pop. It takes a little time to lick your way down to the center and it's only 60 calories. I don't eat one every day. I normally indulge 2-3 times per week.



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VUKELK
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4/18/13 10:46 A

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I agree with Linda. The only way I can do it right is tracking my food. What works best is to plan one day ahead and then I know exactly what I need to do. Trying to drink more water and eat more fruits/veggies this week.

Focus! You can do this!


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ITSJUSTME_LINDA
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4/17/13 1:08 P

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For me, entering what I've eaten in my food tracker is what keeps me accountable. I love the challenge of making my pie chart as close to perfect as I can.


~LINDA~

Kicking Type 2 Diabetes in the butt!

Highest Weight: 386
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10/2013 - Joined the -100 Pound Club



Diabetics Winning the Battle Team's 2013 5% By Year End Challenge.

Starting 11/3 @ 273-5%=259.
Week 1 (11/10) -2.6=270.4
14 - 2.6 = 11.4 to go!

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GETRESULTSMDMEE
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4/17/13 11:34 A

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Writing it down is key for me also not bringing the danger foods home



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THATBRONWYNGIRL
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4/17/13 10:41 A

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For me, it's definitely a matter of willpower--it's all in my head.
Making myself really THINK is key...so there are a few little tips that help me...mostly, it's been helpful to sort of establish a personal policy on how I relate to food.
Lately, that's been things like 'the three bite rule,' where you have a craving and you take three smallish bites of the food in question and savor them...then put the food out of sight, walk away, whatever, and give it like 10-15 minutes. I notice that I usually don't want more, after that. Drinking a glass of water before meals and snacks really has been helping...and I've been supplementing my water intake with plain, unsweeted green tea--then just lately, expanded to iced chamomile-mint and rooibos. Yum!
I also find it helpful to track before I eat.

"If you don't like who you are and where you are, don't worry about it because you're not stuck either with who you are or where you are. You can grow. You can change. You can be more than you are." - Zig Ziglar

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." --W. Dyer


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Eating "real" food is the key for me. Food without labels is a good place to start: veggies & fruit, protein & avoiding processed food. One thing that that has helped make me aware of this: Books
Michael Pollan--"In Defense of Food" "Food Rules"
Mark Bittman--"Food Matters" also has written a number of cookbooks
I Robert H. Lustig, MD--"Fat Chance--Beating the Odds against Sugar,
Processed Food, Obesity and Disease"


Makes you much more aware of what you are putting in your mouth & what it can do to you body.


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but by the seeds that you plant.

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SANDRASEZSO
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4/16/13 2:45 P

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Awesome, trust me, I have learned alot about myself and I actually enjoy journaling, I do so at work, happy journaling!


Can't stop. Won't Stop.


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JGIRL5799
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4/16/13 2:27 P

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AWESOME THREAD!!

I love all the ideas and I was an OREO cookie junkie as well, but now I put one in my mouth and I get sick LOL can't stand the sugar in them..

I was awful about veggies, but after eating more healthier, I started craving broccoli, cucumbers, and more fruits.. the last few days I went without fruit or veggies because (of our shopping hasn't happened) I felt like crap!

It is amazing what a few days without good food does to your body..

only way I was able to train myself was to take one thing at a time and then just sloowwwly wean myself from it.. it was candy and pop first, then chips, then cookies, then ice cream..

Breakfast was my biggie and I was always so hungry, I eat 1 full egg and one egg with just egg whites, I have my toast 70 cal or less ( home made) and I make sure I have a fruit.. that tends to last me throughout the morning, then I make sure I have a protein snack like a granola. It takes a few minutes to make the eggs LOL so it goes!

I drink only water and teas now but, it feels great... it took me about 2years to complete my bad habit kicks and it was not overnight.. but you can do it!!

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Great on the things others have done, you are an inspiration!

Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 4/16/2013 (14:29)
Julie

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QUILTINGQUE
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4/16/13 2:06 P

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I've read about keeping a food journal to record not just what you eat, but also how you are feeling, how your body is feeling, but I have not done it. I feel like reading your post SANDRASEZSO is telling me something so I'm going to start. I even have a notebook in my purse at the present time!

Keep your feet firmly planted in the clouds!!

As God is my witness, I will never be fat again!!! (quote stolen from STACYLUE)


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