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4/11/10 12:36 P

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I sit down with my family once a week, usually on Sundays and plan what we are going to eat for dinner that week and what the two kids want for their lunches. It's kind of a budget thing but I find when I don't plan for MY lunches, I have a hard week and end up eating a lot of junk. That shoots my weight loss straight out hte winddow. Even when I don't gain a lb or 2, I don't loose anything either. Then, I'll get back on the wagon and loose the 2 lbs or whatever and fall back off and gain them back. So it kinda highlights just how important the whole dietary thing is for me.

I have been doing hte dinner menu thing for so lon ghtat I can't really do my grocery shopping withougt one now.


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4/10/10 11:42 P

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Thanks, for the suggestions. I think my biggest problem is not planning things out. I think that I need to sit down and put my ideas on paper or make a schedule/menu. I know when I don't have a set routine it is hard to stick with any kind of plan. So, I think that is one thing I am going to do to get back on track.

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4/10/10 9:27 P

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I am new here but I think it is important to forgive yourself for "falling off the wagon" It is hard to stick to dietary guidelines when we are pressed for time and energy. I fell off the wagon myself for a while, my father-in-law was ill with pancreatic cancer. I did well until he was deemed terminal and put in hospice. I then just made the best choices that I could each day. Forgave myself when I made bad choices and started fresh each day.

It helps me to try and plan what I am going to eat a week at a time. I think this next week I am going to do clam chowders and/or tuna & crackers for my lunches with an occasional udon or miso soup. Breakfast I am not 100% sure of yet - maybe some smoothies or oatmeal and dinners will be anybody's guess. that I think is my toughest meal time. My family does not have the same eating restrictions that I do so they eat differntly than I have to and I haven't yet figured out a good balance there.

I hope some of this helps you.


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4/10/10 11:52 A

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This happened to me as well, after I gave birth to my son. I gained 20 pounds and then in February, right when Lent started, I decided that enough was enough. It was hard at first, but I started eating much better and walking more. I had also broken my foot in Jan., so in March I started walking around here and there. I lost 13 pounds in 7 weeks and I have kept it off! I still have about 90 to go, but I simply started cutting out refined carbs and sugars and ate a lot of lentils, vegetables, and soy products during the fast for Easter. Now that I am eating meat and dairy again, I have been adding in eggbeaters, Greek yogurt (the Fage brand is the best), chicken, turkey and lean red meats. I also have low-fat cheeses and berries with vegetables as well. Once per week I have a treat and add high-fat cheeses and also have some chocolate or ice cream which I love. Just take it slow, one step at a time. It took me one week to get used to eating more veggies, soy, etc., but I did it! Once I started exercising, I felt so much better! You can do it!

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4/10/10 1:41 A

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I have been having a hard time lately, staying motivated. Over, the last year I have put back on a lot of the weight I had lost. At one point I had lost 61 pounds. Well, I have put all but 17 of that back on. I have had a really stressful year. In the course of a year; I have been laid off, started school, end a 7 year relationship with my boyfriend, moved, my mother was in the hospital for a week and much more. Don't get me wrong I have had some good thing happen over the year, also. But, I am finding it very hard to stay motivated. I think that being stressed out is hard to deal with plus trying to get healthy at the same time. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or advice. I know that losing weight and becoming healthly is very important, but it is hard when you have a lot on your plate.

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