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KRISANNEDRA's Photo KRISANNEDRA Posts: 1,007
1/21/08 3:14 P

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LADYWEZ, the meal plan should still work for you. You can use it to track what you're eating by adding the foods you eat to the menu and not checking any of the foods that are already there. I rarely eat what's in the plan but I'm doing a good job at tracking what I do eat because of that tool. You can add foods, complete with their own nutritional information and store them in your favorites. It just makes things so much easier.

Good luck,

Kris

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1/21/08 2:40 P

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We gotta learn new and better eating habits as well as learning what a serving size actually should look like. No more fudging!

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1/21/08 1:15 P

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Hi Cheryl, you've received some good advice, I'd like to ad to that advice that this is a journey that leads to a better lifestyle! Once you develop good eating habits, (eating clean) most of the time you won't be hungry because you can eat every 2-3 hours, and your body will feel so much better.


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1/21/08 12:57 P

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I read your post on Friday and thought about you all weekend. Everything I came up with by way of wisdom I see has already been posted already. All good advice!

I can't tolerate being hungry and know that starches and sweets are my worst enemies. One slip up and I feel like I'm starving and can't seem satisfy the hunger. Next time you feel like you are painfully hungry, try snacking on 7 or 8 almonds. Eat them slowly and savor them. Hopefully they will keep you satisfied for a while. See if you are sensitive to starchy carbs the way many of us are.

Regroup if necessary, but don't drop out! Think of that big grin on your face when you slip in to those next smaller sized jeans! It will be worth it.


"I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left!"


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1/21/08 9:10 A

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Unfortunately SP's food plan is way too full of foods I am allergic to, (corn, dairy, nuts, leguns, chocolate, citrus, and all meats that are feed corn, wheat, avocado,) so I mostly eat whole foods. But I am on steroids. The make you hungry all day every day. It is just part of the nature of the beast but I can breathe with them can't without them.

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KRISANNEDRA's Photo KRISANNEDRA Posts: 1,007
1/21/08 8:35 A

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I had gained weight a few years ago and it would not budge in spite of my eating very little. I thought I was destined to remain heavier than what was comfortable. What I found when I came here were tools that opened my eyes to what I had been doing wrong all these years.

I use the SP meal plans and modify them with what I have in my kitchen and what we're hungry for. I usually have trouble eating enough calories, so much food and so little tummy room. DH and I are both losing weight. It didn't accumulate over night and it will not leave over night. There is no quick fix.

I figured even if I never reach my goal weight I am feeding my family better than I ever have and the health benifits are priceless. I feel better than I have in a very long time. I am sure it's making a difference in the long run.

Use the tools!!

kris

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1/19/08 4:04 P

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Hang in there! You're making progress and it's just a little slower than you'd like.

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1/19/08 11:34 A

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WELCOME 50SOON!

HUNGRY is not part of the SP plan. If you are hungry all the time, you won't want to stay with the plan. Here are some things you can check to make sure you are getting the proper amount of calories when you are exercising.

On your start page there is a place on the left hand side that says "Burn XX amount of calories per week." Click the "change" link and make sure the exercise you are doing corresponds to what you have told SP. We burn more calories with exercise. You may not be getting enough calories. SP will adjust your calorie needs to your exercise. If you aren't getting enough calories, you body thinks you are starving it and is hanging onto the weight.

Remember on the days you do not do the exercise that you projected you would do, your calories needs are less. Otherwise, try to keep them in mid range.

You say you are tracking every bite you put in your mouth - that is correct. At the end of the day, are you clicking the "show full report"? When you click that, at the bottom of the report page is a pie chart that shows suggested percentages for Fat, Carbs. and Protein and another chart that show what you actually ate. This will give you a good idea if you are getting the right nutrients in the right amount.

I am sensitive to sugar products - if I eat refined sugar, I am starving all day and nothing can fill me up. It may be something simple like that for you.

As CEGRUBE mentioned, look for results on the measuring tape. The inches often go before the weight does. I also use the "favorite old jeans" test. I had a pair of faded old jeans I dearly loved before I outgrew them. Each week when I weighed in and measured, I try them on. I hit a plateau for about three weeks and wasn't even trying the jeans on since they hadn't fit at that weight when I first hit it. Imagine my surprise when I decided to try them, they pulled up, zipped, buttoned and I could still breathe! Remember - people can see the inches, they can't see the scale!

It is a slow weight loss program, but in the meantime, we are learning a healthy lifestyle! This isn't a "quick fix" - it is a lifestyle change.

For what it's worth - I am 66 years old - SP predicted if I followed the plan, I would be at goal by March - I followed the plan and got to goal in AUGUST! (The two pound gain shown on my scale is another story - darned Holdiay eating!)

Good Luck! I wish you the very best. Please do not give up! You might want to check some of the articles on SP for more suggestions. There are some excellent ones that pulled me out of depression the first few times I plateaued.

Donna
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1/19/08 3:54 A

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Hey 50SOON,

Look for some results from the ol' measuring tape. That should tell you what you want to know. If you lose inches, but not pounds you more than likely are losing fat and gaining muscle.

By the way, I'm in the same boat as you for this week and hoping to lose inches. emoticon

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1/18/08 3:22 P

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I've been following this spark food plan and logging in every crumb. I am HUNGRY. All the time. I drink water when I can't stand it any more. Weight loss has been very slow. But its coming. I have been walking 4 miles a day five times a week for over 4 years, plus the gym 3 times a week for two years, plus I just added jumping rope to my routine (which I HATE). So I shouldn't be in that gain weight, but its muscle phase that happened years ago. Though I have increased my weights that I use at home to 25lbs. So maybe. I keep hoping slow and steady will win the race.

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CHERYLHURT SparkPoints: (112,891)
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1/18/08 2:08 P

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If you are following your calorie range from Sparks food plan and logging in EVERY crumb that passes your lips you may be losing fat and gaining muscle...If you are hungry all the time you might not be eating the right kind of foods. Are you getting enough protein? Protein helps you feel full longer. I buy eggwhites for a hi protein scramble to snack when I'm hungry.

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1/18/08 1:49 P

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I've been working out really hard everyday and following W8W at home and sticking to it even though I'm hungry most of the time. The first week I lost 3-4 lbs but so far this week (6days) none! I do cardio and weight training. Is it true that I'm building muscle which weighs more than fat or am I still eating too many calories?

 
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