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9/15/12 6:59 A

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Thanks so much! I do carry the water with me--keep two bottles spaced around the house where I get thirsty. I hadn't thought of buying hummus for with the nibblers!

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9/14/12 9:29 P

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9/14/12 8:03 P

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My DD who was not a big water drinker found that if she carried her water bottle with her all the time she could get to her 8 glasses. Find a pretty refillable water bottle and use that for all your drinking. Since it is always available you won't think of drinking something else. When your guest come make sure that your snack food is low cal. Crudites with a Greek yogurt based dip, popcorn, ants on a log, celery and low cal cream cheese, hummus with cucumber chip dippers. Try this SP recipe to make lower cal chips
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
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9/14/12 7:16 P

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Thanks for the ideas. I have a hard time getting enough protein, and due to a medical condition I was told that I need at least 90 g per day! I may have to take to using supplements. Greek yogurt is one of my favorite sources of extra protein.

Don't worry--I refuse to give up, as I am at a weight now that I hadn't been at for at least 15 years!

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9/14/12 5:40 P

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I think the SP calculations are probably reliable. I found an article today which explains how they are calculated, which I found really useful...

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie
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I'm trying to keep my protein up and to eat it evenly throughout the day, as it keeps you full for longer, and I'm trying to get my carbs from fruit/veg rather than processed grains (flour, pasta, biscuits etc). It's early days but it seems to be working so I can recommend that.

Don't give up!

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9/14/12 5:14 P

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Thanks--I know that I control what goes into my mouth--they always bring goodies to share, and I just need to substitute what I know is good for me. I can't eat fresh veggies and few fresh fruits, but I'll figure it out. My husband is no support at all--just constant negative feedback. Ah, well, when he sees the results maybe he won't be such a nay-sayer! He thinks that Nutri System would be a good way to go, but I told him that it does NOTHING to change one's lifestyle, which is where it all beg emoticon ins!

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9/14/12 2:07 P

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I suggest that since they are visiting in your home YOU control the snacks by providing healthy choices. SparkRecipes has lots of healthy snack recipes that they will love and never know that it is healthy snacks.. emoticon

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9/14/12 8:16 A

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We went to Ireland for ten days, then we came back and had weekend guests plus our grandson's first birthday. Now three of my sisters-in-law are coming to visit for 4.5 days. My weight has been yo-yo'ing through all of this, and now that I am FINALLY nearing the 171 I had gotten to I don't want to go back up again when the sisters are here. I try to watch what I eat, but the problem is that there are always so many snacks when we have company, and I know that I'm not drinking my water like I do when I am at home without guests. Feeling a bit down due to being stalled the whole month of September

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9/14/12 7:49 A

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9/14/12 7:02 A

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my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 105 pounds. she went from a size 24 to a size 10. all her health issues dropped off as the 105 pounds dropped off.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60. i went from a size 18 to a size 10 shorts and medium tops from a 1 or 2x.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal

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9/13/12 11:47 P

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My carb range is 150-194 because I am diabetic. Your range isn't much higher than mine so I believe it is right. Our weight can fluctuate as much as 5 to 6 pounds a day and is often influenced by how much solium we are taking in which causes us to retain water. Use the tracker to help you analyze your eating to see where changes are needed in order for you to succeed in losing the weight. emoticon emoticon

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9/13/12 9:38 P

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Hi, and welcome emoticon My carb range per my nutrition page is 135-262g and I am only 5' tall so my calorie range is lower then someone who is taller. I've always said I wasn't too heavy, I was just too short emoticon I'm sure your carb range is correct, however, if you are carb sensitive like I am, you can stick to the lower end of the range.

Here is my best advice - not complicated and from the heart: 1) Use your Nutrition Tracker faithfully, every single day, and print out the daily report on that page so you can make sure you are getting the proper balance of fats, carbs, and protein. This will keep you honest and accountable for your choices. Checking your report each day is critical - you want to make sure you are getting the right % of nutrients and not just eating empty calories. Remember, it is possible to stay within your calorie range eating "junk" but that isn't going to promote weight loss and it certainly won't maintain it in the long run emoticon .; 2) Find a few exercises/activities you actually ENJOY doing and then do them 3-4X a week. If you like what you are doing the chances are much better that you will stick with it emoticon emoticon ; 3) Stay active with your Team(s) because this is the place you will get encouragement, motivation, and support - including hugs on those days when things are especially tough! emoticon and; 4) Try to have fun with this journey to slimness and better health! It's a given that if you enjoy something you will stick with it over the long run. So, post, share experiences, have a laugh with your Spark Friends. It will make it a lot easier to reach your destination! emoticon

One last thought: it isn't important how fast or slowly you lose your weight. This is one area where 'slow and steady wins the race' is more then just some old cliche emoticon . Spark teaches you a new lifestyle and you need time to re-educate yourself and develop a new relationship with food. emoticon Give yourself the time to do that and you will be able to keep it off in the future. emoticon

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9/13/12 6:13 P

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That is probably right. You want about 50% of your calories coming from carbs. You want the bulk of your carbs to be fruits and veggies. You want some whole grains (although I do have both regular past and white rice, just not often). Cakes cookies and other typical processed foods should be looked at as a very occasional treat. Shop the perimeter of the store. The healthier foods are located there. emoticon emoticon

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9/13/12 6:06 P

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I seem to lose a few just to gain it back a day or two later. I really need help on the right things to eat. My nutrition page says I should eat at least 165 to 213 g of carbs. does that sound right.

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