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9/24/11 3:16 P

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Hi Frauching

Have you met your new goals? Maybe you were to ambitious. Lets try something simpler to start with.

1) Each morning spin the wheel, easy and fun then log in breakfast

2) log in the food as you eat it the rest of the day

3) both because of the sugar control and to drop pounds, take two steps toward eating healthier
a) watch the high carbohydrate foods, starch and sugar and all fat and oil. You can eat these But spread them through the day and keep within range on the tracker. FYI this is for the rest
of your long life, you can fit a slice of pie, dish of ice cream, or steak into the tracker

b) add fruits and Vegetables

Mike the Hillwizard

Reagan said "The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom" not so different from what the flower people wanted in the 60's

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9/24/11 2:09 P

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I know the feeling!

Bri from Colorado
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9/20/11 5:25 P

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I understand exactly where you're coming from. I'll have a few good days (occasionally weeks) and then I will wake up one morning and feel like I don't even know how to boil water. My 100+ cookbooks appear to be written in greek and I can't seem to find anything in the recipe database that sounds interesting. Or, I can't get myself off the couch.
In order to combat this I make believe I am starting SP for the first time and go back to the beginning. Not how to use SP page but look for something that will motivate me.
Here are a few of the things I try:

-I read some of the Healthy Lifestyle Resources
-I try my hand at the trivia quizes
-I will post on one of these forums.
-I will make sure I update my Daily Status
-I try and blog my feelings or activity in hopes that someone will comment.
-I join a challenge
-No matter how bad, I write everything down that I eat

I realize that the lifestyle change that is necessary for success is ongoing and even when I reach my goal I cannot return to my former habits. I have failed many times already. I just have to keep the number of successes higher.

I hope this helps. Don't get discouraged and if you do, you are surrounded by hundreds willing to give support

Edited by: HI-NRG at: 9/21/2011 (00:25)
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9/19/11 9:02 A

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find foods that work with your chemistry. i created this meal on my own. i can't seem to loose weight if i eat any grain products. so one day i experimented.

i make this mixture for breakfast , lunch and dinner. i have lost 28 pounds in 14 weeks. i cook

4 large portabella mushrooms sliced, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 4 large onions sliced, 2 large green peppers, 3 cans green beans, 1 can rutabaga and 5 sliced chicken sausages.

it makes enough for at least 4 days, three meals a day. total cost is 12 dollars. i buy the mushrooms and chicken at sams club. sounds crazy but it taste good and most importantly it's working. i'm not hungry . if i feel the urge to cheat i go get a fork full of my mixture. i chew very slowly as to enjoy my meal.

i have added a small banana and grapes for my snacks and to be a fix for my sweet tooth.

you can add other foods into your menu. just know what works with your body chemistry.

I have gone from 198 to 170 pounds. i can now fit into a size 14 comfortably. i feel so much better. think of carrying a 2 year old around your waist every minute of every day. no i am not done. on the obese chart i have gone from being obese to just plain fat. my goal is to drop another 22 pounds. then i will be happy, healthy and never allow myself to get in this condition again.

one might say eating the same food every day would get boring. not true. when you look in the mirror and can see the difference it's totally worth it. once i reach my goal i will change my menu. not until then.

portion sizes are critical to your success. exercise has to become a way of life. good luck


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9/18/11 1:38 P

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Oh, yes, I've leveled off. Just now getting back on track. I met goal briefly and have gained some back and now am trying to get back there.

One thing that I think is helping me, in addition to tracking food and exercise, is strength training. I gained when I basically stopped the weight training and I'm back to it now. You need that to build muscle, which will weigh more in the beginning, but you will tone up.

Don't get discouraged. I'm pretty sure it took me way longer than 2 months to lose 21 pounds! You've done amazing - just have patience with yourself.

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9/18/11 10:34 A

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You've made great progress in just two months! It's not unusual to level off from time to time. The important thing is not to stop doing what you've been doing. You're on the right track; give it time. We're here to help you stick with it whenever you hit the doldrums. Welcome to the team!

Sara Leigh

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9/18/11 9:07 A

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hello Birch & welcome to the team glad you joined us...

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9/17/11 11:18 P

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Hi Birch

do you have a gallon on milk or water? set it on the counter and look at it, pretty big? now picture 2 1/2 gallons and a pint extra, that right 10 quarts and one pint - that would take up a lot of counter

That is how much smaller you are after losing 21 pounds

WOW !!!!

It has taken some time but have you been torturing your self? no, and 21 pints of fat are gone forever :)

pat your self on the back, go get a pretty new skirt, you deserve it. Keep tracking you are on the right road

Mike the Hillwizard

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May the Equinox find you happy, well, fit, and with few wants.

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9/17/11 6:29 P

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Hey Everyone,
I've been a member of SparkPeople for over 2 months now but I'm just now starting to venture into the world of groups and message boards. I have to admit I was extremely scared at first but I'm realizing I need support through this journey and can't do it on my own. I've enjoyed initial success from the amazing tools of SparkPeople but have now hit a MAJOR slump and unfortunately seem to be losing motivation to continue. I'm hoping I'm not the only one in this situation and would greatly appreciate tips/suggestions. Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself!

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