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MANDIETERRIER1's Photo Posts: 13,085
1/1/14 10:46 A

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If you start tracking turn on the Spark menu. They will give you some good ideas on how to meat your calorie requirements.

Your list looks good, but very boring. I know I couldn't stick to that. I also know that I couldn't eat a salad every day without dressing. So I measure a drizzle instead of the full two teaspoon serving.

For inspiration look at the Spark Recipe section. Many delicious and healthy recipes to keep you from getting bored.

Most important. If you mess up one day. Don't beat yourself up. Just get back on the wagon. I like to think of this as more like Sprints than a marathon.

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1/1/14 10:35 A

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Welcome to SP!

Fill in your tracker, and then make a list of foods that you can eat on a daily basis. Always better to focus on what you can eat. Your list will undoubtedly be much longer than what you posted here, and allow for more variety. Then just hit your ranges, and see what happens in the next 3 months. Can you stick on plan? Do you feel better? Are you losing weight at a rate that is okay? Is it enough variety/do you like the food?

If YES, then you will be doing great by March, and will just need to repeat until you hit GW.


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12/31/13 12:08 P

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Well you won't starve and it could be okay for a short time. However it is very limited and I would get bored & fall off the wagon. Didn't take the time to read your goals but if it is to be healthy as well as lose weight then you need a longer term strategy.
Let's start with why are you skipping any salad dressing? I just posted some recipes on this forum under Salad Dressing with several options for healthy home made dressings - some are very low cal and all are healthy alternatives to the commercial ones out there.
Fiber One bars are okay but you could make your own snacks and eat what I refer to as real food. Real vegetables and fruits with fiber will fill you up just as readily and be more satisfying in terms of flavor.
I think you are off to a good start but would like to see you eat more produce - aim for 5-7 fresh/raw ones per day and don't forget about hearty soups as a way to get those in - not just salads. Lentil, navy bean, minestrone, even seafood chowder has a place made from scratch so you can control the calories and additives.


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12/30/13 3:16 P

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I see that you are a new member with Sparkpeople as of today.
You can enter your foods, the amount consumed and find out your calorie intake for the day. Compare this to your SP calorie range that you received when you joined and entered your information.

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12/30/13 3:02 P

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track it. make sure you are tracking fiber, iron, calcium and any other vitamins or minerals you need to pay attention to. and see where it adds up to. because that will be your answer.

this doesn't look bad for a start. the only thing that looks really off to me is your snacks. i don't know anyone who gets full on plain vegetables. so i would say to have half the vegetables with your sandwich and the other half with the string cheese as a snack. because you want a little bit of protein, a little bit of fat and some carbs each time you eat. and vegetables tend to just provide carbs, so you need something with a little fat and protein to complete the meal. you also are only getting one fruit serving instead of 3-5. so perhaps fruit and cheese or nuts or granola as a snack between dinner and bed.

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12/30/13 1:45 P

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Well, yes and no.

What are your calorie requirements for a day? If you do the SP weight goal track thing, it will calculate how many calories a day you should eat. You build up from there.

There are a lot of variables with what you gave. What kind of cereal? How big of a bowl? What kind of bread on the sandwich? What kind of sandwich? How much string cheese? Lowfat yoplait, full calorie yoplait?

If, say, your calorie range is 1500 per start subtracting from there:
Yoplait 200 cals (I've no idea I don't eat yogurt)
Apple 100 cals
2 pieces bread 200 cals
cereal 150 cals
Milk 90 cals

Right there (these are just guesses on the numbers here) you are at almost 700 calories. Then you keep subtracting as you eat. Does that make sense?

Otherwise the food it's self sounds healthy.....

Use the SP tracker for entering food, the more you do, the more you learn how to get the most food for your bang.

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12/30/13 1:27 P

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Is this a decent diet?
If I ate this, or like this, everyday would I lose weight/would it be healthy?

(yoplait) yogurt and a piece of fruit (apple, banana, strawberries, etc) for breakfast.
Fiber one bar for a snack.
A sandwich and string cheese for lunch.
Vegetables(carrots, celery, broccoli,etc) for a snack.
A large salad (light cheese, no dressing, onions, carrots, eggs, grilled chicken) for dinner.
And if necessary, a different variety of fiber one or similar bar as another snack.

Obviously you can't eat the same thing everyday. So for breakfast maybe oatmeal, or a piece of toast and jelly, eggs, or cereal sometimes.
And dinner, maybe baked chicken, tuna, stir fry, or a hamburger with no bun.
I love salad, so I could eat that at least once a day any day.

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