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8/12/11 8:45 A

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It look like a nice day, I am driving to Washington this weekend, have bags of watermelon, good snack, hot dogs, and stuff for sandwiches. will try to get nothing but coffee when I stop for gas. the goal is to be the same size when I arrive as when I left :)


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8/9/11 10:59 P

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I have been trying to make the change of eating more fruits and vegetables too. My hubby isnt a big veggie eater - he doesnt always like variety. Soooo I am adding slowly. It can be tough and sometimes I look online for recipe ideas - or spark recipes.

Also I am trying to make smaller portions so we waste less food -- but i do have a composter and a small worm farm so I dont feel too guilty if I have to throw something out - I consider it recycling!

Thanks for the good ideas.

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8/1/11 1:49 P

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I am dealing with depression, and am feeling no strong love for myself. Nothing is worthwhile unless I have someone to experience it with. I don't know who I am, and am just living life day to day. I have a therapist, and I LOVE her. I also see a Psycologist and am on meds. Right now I am processing too much emotional pain, and I am eating food that comforts even though my body IS asking for better nutrition. I just can't be bothered to track what I'm eating, and it's partially because I know it's not going to look good and that will only further depress me. It's finally beautiful outside and I feel like staying in until I have to go to work.

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7/30/11 8:15 P

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When my children were small (back when TV dinners came in an aluminum tray), I used to save the trays. When I got about 20 of them, I started making my own "tv dinners". On Sunday, my only day off, I would cook all kinds of foods and make up "plates" and put them in the freezer. I was working and going to college, so during the week, all I had to do was ask them, "what do you want for dinner", they'd choose their meal and I'd pop it in the oven.

I'm alone now, but I still plan ahead. Any leftovers are frozen or put in divided dinner plates and frozen for later. I also like to cook a whole bag of chicken breasts and I put different seasons on each one. They are refrozen after they are cooked and I pull them out "as needed". I "eat" out of my freezer a lot. lol

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7/18/11 5:46 P

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I have found that if I plan for a whole week, that just life happens and the plan goes crazy, but if I plan for just two or three days at a time I make better use of leftovers, seasonal veggies, fruit, etc.

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7/18/11 9:14 A

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Hope this is a good week for you, one day at a time. I also have no set schedule so meal planning is a waste of time. I just love to cook and make what I like when I have the urge. Tho there are times when the thought of cooking is depressing-frustrating-irritating. That's when I get into trouble.

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7/18/11 2:15 A

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Good for you! When you lose your goal weight and feel great - not to mention are more fit, then dh is giong to have to work awful hard to catch up to you - or risk having other people notice the changes and live with the increased positive attention for you from your circle of friends/acquaintances. Men generally don't cope well with "being left behind". Let alone being left behind by a female (of all things).

For now, I agree that you are the source of your own happiness, and I am glad you are finding the support you need from others like you (and me) on this wonderful website! I'm slowly working my way to cooking meals again, and putting extra portions in the freezer for later convenience. I am also planning to start incorporating spinach salads. It's not that I eat lots of fast foods; I tend to use canned soup or frozen chicken when in a rut. I don't make a meal- plan, and then either am too tired to bother or don't have what I need for what I think I would like to have.

Picked three recipes for this week and acquired the supplies.. let's see how THIS week goes. It would help greatly if I wasn't doing random shift work. I have no regular schedule to speak of and that does add to my confusion. One day at a time is my focus, and trying to make better choices "in the now" my challenge.

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7/17/11 10:04 A

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I love to cook, but get into a rut also. Or is it boredom? DH would be perfectly happy with Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried, or Panda Express just about every night! He isn't very helpful with the weight loss or healthy eating. I get discouraged-he needs to lose more than I do and just wants a quick fix-hcg, electric trigger bands ??, then goes back to the same habits as before. I have found cooking up soups, casseroles, chicken and freezing in 1 portion is great for lunches for me. Grab my soup, a fruit, a bread stick or a few crackers and I'm set. I do the same with chili.
I will make up a salad base and just add things (chicken, eggs, tuna) to it depending on the day. An olive oil and vinegar vinaigrette with herbs whisked up just before packing is all that is needed.

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7/9/11 4:28 P

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I too tend to get in a rut, but I gave up frozen dinners probably about 8 months ago, so I was forced to find other things. Check out the Ideas Forum for meal ideas. These are meals that aren't necessarily recipe driven but can be done quickly and easily by one person.

Good luck!

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6/29/11 9:19 A

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I did a trial on the luminosity thing and found it fun, but I haven't signed up yet. Afraid it will be another one of those investments that I don't take advantage of.

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6/29/11 12:59 A

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You can too! Sorry to hear about the allergies. I don't have that issue in life, though I am dealing with some depression. If it takes 10 days to make a new habit, then I can reasonably expect to add something new in a week or so! emoticon I am also becoming addicted to www.lumosity.com The games are fun and challenging and I think it is helping my ability to concentrate and process info.

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6/28/11 1:01 P

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6/28/11 12:18 P

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The trackers are awesome, though I confess I haven't had a lot of time to explore the site and figure out all it's ins and outs. One day I will, and then I would like to start tracking the nutrient parts as well. For now it's a challenge to drink more than 6 glasses of H20 per day. I am also trying to incorporate 10 minutes of stretching every morning and some form of exercise before breakfast. Three things is enough for now. I overwhelm easily.

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6/28/11 9:19 A

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When I started my main goal was to get all the food groups in, then add the fiber. Where I was short I "cheated" by adding benefiber. After a few weeks I was able to balance. I still have trouble getting the proper amount of fat and tend to go over on my protein, but I'm usually very close. I made it into a game.

It did help to plan at least a day in advance. It also helped to add a couple of snack categories to my plan. That way if I went over I could just delete a snack.

Every week or two I have added another nutrient to track. Sodium, cholesterol, potassium, etc. I may not be perfect, but I have come so far from when I first started tracking.

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6/18/11 3:46 A

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BaldwinJ_3: My main problem is motivation to do the meal planning thing. I get stuck on the same few recipes and then lose interest due to lack of variety. When I DO make a dinner, I put two portions in the freezer to have for lunches or lazy-day dinners. It means an investment in glass Pyrex containers with good fitting lids. There was a time I would make 2 DINNERS on Sunday night and then alternate the leftovers during the week. It seemed to work for my then-roomate and I. Lately, I've been relying on the processed stuff like pizza or stuffed chicken breasts, canned soup etc.

I like recipes I have found In "Looney Spoons" and "Crazy Plates", as well as the Company's Coming series, namely "Cooking for Two" and "Stir Frys". Making time to DO the meal planning/organizing is my biggest challenge these days. I'm buying ingredients from memory and then wimping out on making the dinners.. emoticon

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6/16/11 9:11 A

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FDonald....you and I are very similiar. I am currently single and live alone and get so tired of cooking for just myself b/c then I have to eat the same thing for like 7 meals! We need to take advantage of looking for recipes that we can cook fast, cheap and just for a few portions. We can do this!!!

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6/14/11 2:40 A

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Cherlyn: It IS nice to know that we have such similar challenges. I live alone with two dogs, though I am 10KM from my sisters - and she feeds me occasionally :-) Making time to create the meal-plan is my dilemna - that and figuring out it's nutritional values so I can post them into my nutrition tracker. When there is too much to think about - I tend to shut down. Part of that is overcoming depression. Part of it is laziness. I will cook a full meal from a recipe book and then freeze two portions for future use as lunch or dinner. That can be a time and life-saver on those rushed days. emoticon

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6/14/11 2:33 A

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My Bulldogs: Sounds like you and my sister may have some metabolism issues in common. She found the book "Eat Right 4 Your Type" to be very helpful. It has suggestions based on your blood type - of all things. When I find out what my blood-type is, I may check it out also.

Your mixture would not work for me as I do not enjoy mushrooms. Are you sure that eating this same mix 3x/day for many days in a row has all the nutrition you need? PS/ nice doggies!

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6/13/11 12:28 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 7 pounds in a week. i cook

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

it makes enough for at least 3 days, three meals a day. total cost is 9 dollars. 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. good luck

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6/12/11 7:36 P

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Holdingmyown...I'm right behind you in age, so I guess there's still hope for me. Once in awhile I do find myself organized enough to do some of that prep work ahead of time and am tickled when I do, just need to be more consistent with it.

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6/12/11 7:22 P

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With age comes wisdom, but not all share their wisdom. I appreciate your suggestions. I'm 43 and find that is established enough to make "the change" a challenge. Love this site though. Best inspiration I have found!

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6/11/11 5:18 P

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Just a thought here for you two with "no imagination"~lol~

With your meat/chicken etc...that you buy when it is on sale~and we all need to save right?

Hubby and I love chicken in many different ways on our healthy eating plan we are now on~ but it is very, very expensive here where we live. So every time it is half price or buy one get one free...we buy up loads of it. Some we will just freeze as is...but when the as is ones are piling up what we do is "COOK" a load of chicken breasts. Then we bag it in 200 grams a bag ( 100 grams for each of us) and we freeze that. We often will do this when we are preparing to go off with our RV as we have found that once we get to a campground...book in...unhook the trailer...having usually been driving all day...We are not in the mood to start cooking a complicated meal!!
The cooked chicken that is frozen we take out and put a couple of packs in the bottom of the fridge just for such occasions...
We sometimes just make chicken sandwiches on diet bread...
Other times we make "our" chicken caesars ( which is any lettuce, and other salad ingredients we like...hubby and I have different likes! ) then we cut up our 100 grams of chicken on top and add our fat free salad drsg. ( both of us could eat these chicken caesars more than once per week!)
Sometimes we have cooked our 150 grams of potatoes the night before at the last campsite and then have potatoe salad with cold chicken

~LOL~ I could go on and on here...but you get the idea...and cooking it and freezing it and having it so ready makes you use it more often.

We have done the same with steak, roast beef, or roast pork. Have NOT tried any fish products cooked ahead...

Good Luck you two...took me to age 61 to get wise enough to eat healthy....let's hope you two are "smarter" than me and start young!

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6/11/11 1:04 P

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Are you sure we aren't related somehow? :-) You sound like you have the same issues I do in a lot of ways! wow. It's good to know I'm not the only one. I am getting better about on the fruit I buy, counting out the pieces I know I can eat in a week and sometimes just thinking, ok, if I need one for each day, it's easier to eat one a day. I'm still working on that issue with veggies. I get so mad at myself for throwing away good food too. I know if I'd plan a weekly menu like soooooooo many successful people do, that wouldnt be an issue either because I'd know which veggies I need for which meal of the week and it would be a done deal. I know I'll catch on to that trick one of these days and make it a lifestyle change. The freezer issue is my problem too. I say I won't buy any more meat until I use up what's in the freezer, then bang there's a good sale! There, too, I'm learning, slowly, to control that impulse shopping because if it gets thrown away, it's not a good deal either. I live alone also and I know it's not as much fun to cook for just one. Do you have friends or family in the area to cook for ocassionally? How about cookbooks to get ideas from? And Sparks does have tons of recipes too. It's a learning process and we aren't going to be successful overnight, one day at a time. Maybe we need to challenge ourselves to make a menu for the week before we buy any more groceries?!

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6/11/11 12:54 P

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SparkPeople is new to me. I've been meal tracking for just over a week. I'm losing faith in my ability to balance my caloric intake to the fat/carb/protein limits.

I'm used to preparing the same old same ol'. I generally don't like trying new things, yet I'm open to new recipes that have ingredients I'm already familiar with. Another problem I'm having is that I buy fresh produce then let it sit too long, and usually end up throwing it out and being angry on the day I hoped to use it. Not sure if that is some internal resistance to eating healthier, frustration at the work of prepping/cleaning for home-cooked or what.

I also stock up on things and then don't use them so that I will have it on hand in case of need. I realize that sounds nuts. I can have a freezer full of stewing beef, chicken breasts, salmon fillets and it will sit until it is in danger of - or gets - freezer burn. I think this problem stems from lack of desire/ability to do meal plans anymore. When I want to "do chicken" I find I lack some of the required ingredients and then just get frustrated.

I'm living alone and starting to rely more on the packaged stuff (canned soup, frozen pizza and the like). HELP!!

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