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11/2/12 9:03 P

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I think it's also important to remember that we are NEVER back where we started because of all of the things we have learned along the way. it's IS frustrating when the scale doesn't show our hard work but it's also important to not base our view of our success on this journey entirely on the scale. you CAN do this. it's hard but it can be done. I think another important thing to figure out with snacks is what texture do you want? I frequently want crunchy things so yogurt and berries wouldn't cut it for me.....but yogurt and a couple of almonds would give me that texture I want. just another thought. if I DON'T follow what I want texture wise with food then I don't feel satisfied....no matter what I eat. that's just me though. needless to say I try to keep lots of crunchy things around and texture is a huge part of meal planning for me. sorry for the ramble


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11/2/12 11:44 A

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I have fallen off the wagon so many times...Well, I think I try to go all in or all out instead of making changes slowly. Definitely tough to lose weight but keep your head up high and keep working at it! Good luck!

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10/21/12 4:08 P

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I know how you feel! I started with a bang and lost weight for many months, then lost my motivation and stopped losing weight and started gaining it back. Ack!!! I wanted to eat all of the time, no matter how much I ate, I felt like I was always hungry. I felt out-of-control. I'm sure a big part of that was emotional. What helped turn things around for me was reading "The Spark". I had been on the website for months, but had never read the book. Reading the book and following the 4-week program really made a difference. Another thing that has really helped me is to eat a healthy carb and protiein every 2 1/2 to 3 hours (as suggested in "The Clean Diet"). Doing that and avoiding processed/junk food has made a huge difference (I still eat is sometimes). I'm amazed at how much my cravings have gone down. Because I'm eating heartier snacks, I had to adjust my calories to eat less at the other meals, particularly at dinner, but I've been shocked at how much less hungry I am at night. I think eating a lot at one meal makes me want to eat a lot all the time. Anyway, I feel so happy at how much less hungry I am and the weight has started going down again, but mostly I feel in control which makes me happy, even when the weight stays the same. Okay, I'm talking too much, good luck to you!

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.” -― Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No misfortune is so bad, that whining about it won't make it worse." --Jeffrey R. Holland


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10/21/12 2:47 P

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I am the same way! Great from the time I get out of bed until 5-ish. Then, I want to eat everything I see until dinner time (6:30-7ish). I agree with comments below. I try not to snack, but when I just can't shake the urge, sting cheese, nuts or peanut butter are my go to snacks in the late afternoon.

Congrats on losing inches! I only lost inches from April-August and then I started dropping pounds in September. I understand how frustrating it is. But, hang in there and you'll start seeing scale victories again.

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing- that's why we recommend it daily."-Zig Ziglar


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10/21/12 1:30 P

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Congrats on losing inches! I swear by peanut butter. It helps me get through almost everything.

" The road to success is always under construction."- Lily Tomlin


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10/21/12 2:09 A

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Today I found my new snack. I bought those snap sweet peas. They are so good raw and crunchy. I munched on them most of the day at work. Its great when you find something new and healthy that works for you

You haven't failed until you quit trying!!


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10/20/12 10:49 P

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i am a HUGE snacker! It's my biggest problem. But since i made the decision to lose weight i have tried to at least incorporate a few healthier snacks during my day. I have baby carrots, apples with peanut butter, raw almonds or yogurt. It has helped curb my bad snack cravings a lot. I also find that if i start with a filling breakfast (like oatmeal with a banana), I'm less inclined to snack.

You should feel good because you're still losing inches, so don't let it get you down too much. Good Luck!

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10/20/12 8:01 P

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I had he same problem, especially because I was waiting until after I put my daughter to bed to eat dinner (which included feeding her). I'd end up mindlessly snacking because I was really hungry.

Now just before I leave work I have a small snack. Usually fruit or veggie w/ laughing cow light cheese or light babybel. Fruit always made me feel hungrier too, adding protein makes it much more satisfying.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
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10/20/12 2:33 A

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Witchy you will get through. Theres so many people with so many different ideas. You will find one that works for you..

You haven't failed until you quit trying!!


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10/19/12 11:44 P

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A handful of nuts might help out. Or you could rearrange your eating schedule a little ~~ eat lunch a little later or even save some of it for when you get home and you're hungry.

Jeremiah 29:11 ~~ "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."




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10/19/12 10:44 P

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i do popcorn and a serving of healthy ice cream, well the lowest cal/fat one i can find. it curbs my sugar need and i dont over eat if i allow myself a serving. if i dont enjoy little pleasures everynow and then i tend to binge. lol good luck

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10/19/12 2:59 P

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I snack on Special K bars, they seem to real good. Also a couple of pretzels seem to help me. I am not much of a snacker though. I try to remember to eat between meals. Hang in there you will get past this.

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10/19/12 1:46 P

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Don't throw in the towel don't seem like words enough some how...I actually freeze grapes to snack on in the eves since I can't just pop them in and swallow as fast as in there normal state! You say that you've lost inches? Way to go!! Good luck!

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10/19/12 1:44 P

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Thanks. It's not that I don't like fruit. I do. I just have never been able to think of it as a snack in my head. Plus it always makes me feel like I'm in a constant state of hunger. A hurdle I need to get past one of these days. I think I'll try the frozen yogurt with berries. Finding things to keep my hands busy may be a good plan too. I know when I'm busy typing at work I don't snack much.

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10/19/12 1:21 P

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Hi there, Don't throw in the towel just yet. Remember its a journey so acknowledge it and move on. Protein usually helps me and one thing I have been doing is adding some nuts to take with me. I also add fruit or cucumbers to water to prevent boredom. Late night cravings, I know you said no fruit but what if you took some frozen berries and mixed it with a nonfat yogurt, topped with a teaspoon of chopped nuts. Thats like a frozen yogurt sundae to help with the sweet tooth! Hang in there.. emoticon

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10/19/12 1:00 P

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I think fruit is a great snack if paired with protein. For example, strawberries with greek yogurt.

One thing that helps me in the evening is to set a cutoff time for food and beverage. I do my best not to eat or drink after 8pm. That helps me sleep too.

Another idea is to plan some evening activities that occupy your hands. I like to do my nails or play cards. I definitely can't snack while my nailpolish is wet!

You don't have to eat the whole thing.
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10/19/12 10:46 A

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I was doing so well, exerising and eating much better. The past few weeks it all fell apart. I still exercised regularly but my eating was terrible. I've barely lost any weight (have lost inches though) and I am frustrated. I recognize its my own doing but still its overwhelming. My downfall seems to be the hours from when I get home from work until dinner. People always tell me to snack on fruit but that doesn't cut it for me. Please, does anyone have healthy snack suggestions that aren't fruit? Or tips to handle massive cravings?? Help!

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