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ROCK_CLIMBER2 Posts: 328
5/31/11 1:09 P

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good luck. the crock pot may become your friend if your looking for a hot meal when you get home.

I have a friend that makes beef stew and chili and then cans it in pint jars. then when he's looking for a quick bowl of homemade soup all he has to do is heat it up.

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5/31/11 3:23 A

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hello & welcome to the team new comers good luck on your journey

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5/30/11 7:32 P

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Thanks, I'll look there

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5/30/11 7:18 P

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I, too, am single and work and know how hard it is sometimes to face the prospect of not wanting what you have already prepared for dinner. There is a thread under the Ideas Forum titled Meal Ideas which addresses just this - ideas for dinner that don't necessarily require pulling out a recipe and doing a lot of work.

I gave up frozen dinners about 6 months ago, so it's been challenging for me at times, but I'm learning. Good luck.

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5/30/11 6:52 P

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Well done on the first 100 pounds. You have done so well. I'm so enjoying SP I'm sure you will too. I've found it really successful so far in the three short weeks I've been with it. The tracking really helps to stop me 'cheating' and the bite size pieces of exercise are so 'do'able that it's easy and I'm totally enthused by it all. I'm SURE you'll lose those last 70 pounds with all the help here.
I love your idea about doing the prep all at once. I confess its the energy and thought of preparation as much as the time that's the issue. But having all the prep done beforehand makes it easier to throw something together in a hurry.
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5/30/11 1:41 P

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Hi

I am new to sparks, so if I may let me answer your question and introduce myself. I'm a 63 year old widower in Tucson. Have been with TOPS for 4 years and dropped my first hundred pounds and have 70 to go. For the last year I have not lost any weight and I am trying this.

Part of my problem is I like to eat, I like all the good foods but all the bad ones too :)

I have five kids and cooking for a mob is different then cooking for one or two. To save time and make it easer to do the right thing I prep in advance, i.e. dice three bell peppers and store them in a Ziploc

so just put per diced red bell peppers, onions, a little broth ( this fries like fat with out the cals) added one egg and the whites of two more. My cats get the extra yokes they need the fat more then I do. To finish it off some fat free shredded cheese. 236 calories. I ate it with cantaloupe chunks that came from another Ziploc

With my full Ziploc's I can do a stir fry in minutes, Or load the steamer. You could Microwave it too but I just use mine to heat coffee and soup or dry clay

If you are just looking for a quick snack load the plate with fruit or vegetables, all cut and ready to go. add a few crackers with turkey. Nothing wrong with crackers as long as you do not eat fifty of them


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5/30/11 1:40 P

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You do have time - no matter how busy you are - but you have to MAKE the time. I full empathize with a hectic work schedule - but first you must ask yourself the question, "how important is losing weight ie; healthy lifetyle to me?" If it's important enough - than you will find a way!

Hungry Girl has a lot of great suggestions for cooking for one. If you haven't already subscribed to her newsletter you will love her ideas and suggestions. She will also give you geeat product recommendations that are healthier options and quick!

When you cook a big meal and freeze part of it as you suggested how about a hearty and delicous vegetable soup? If you will private message me your e-mail I will send you several recipes.

Do you like pizza? Well and quick, portion controlled pizza is 1 whole wheat tortilla spread with 1 T of tomato paste, sprinkled with dry seasonings of your choice (I use oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, sweet basil etc;) Add 3 slices of Oscar Meyer fully cooked Canadian Bacon and 1/4 cup of part skim mozzerella. Place under the broiler or in a toaster oven until bubbly. Add a nice little side salad with some low fat dressing. I will sometimes add some frozen veggies to my pizza such as a bell pepper and onion blend. But what you like and prefer is up to you.

I could go on for hours about all the "quick things" that I fix - since my hubby doesn't eat healthy at all. I fix his fattening food and fix my light meal right along side it - so I'm cooking for one - TWICE! LOL Good luck!


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5/30/11 5:30 A

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Hi There,
I've just joined this team. I live alone and have a very busy life at work. (Long hours and often high stress). I used to do a lot of cooking and found it a great form of relaxation (but also a great way to gain weight!!!!)
At the moment I will usually cook a large meal once or twice a week and then freeze several meals from it but I'd like some good ideas for tasty fillers when I get home from work, have VERY little energy, don't feel like anything that's in the freezer but do still want a healthy meal.


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