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KIMMERK
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5/28/07 10:37 A

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This has always been my problem too. I pack everything I need to get through the day at work so there is no temptation and I'm right on target with my calories. Then on the weekends, I just want to snack or go out to eat at our old favorite places such as Mexican, pizza, etc. My hubby doesn't need to lose as much so he's all for letting me give in so he can enjoy the food. The past 3 weeks, I've been going in this big circle. I've been great during the week but awful on the weekend. This 3 day weekend is going to kill me this week, I can tell already and I haven't even eaten yet today.

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MOCOPSGIRL
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5/24/07 10:59 A

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You could do the crock pot thing...read my recent posts on crock potting. It has helped me start eating healthier when I get home from work. And it gives me more time in the evening to do stuff with my kids and try to catch up on the house work. And trust me...I have a lot of housework to catch up on! Example - I spent 4 hours last night cleaning my 4 year olds bedroom! LOL


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LCM797
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5/21/07 2:29 P

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This is a problem I have struggled with since... well forever! When I’m at home, it’s really difficult for me not to snack. And sometimes those “snacks” turn into meal-sized proportions. AHH! Nonetheless, I’ve started packing my lunch box smarter for work. And this thread has some great ideas I plan to try this week at home. I do need to set a small goal for this week, and I think this is perfect! Thanks everyone!


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MAMA2JS
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5/21/07 7:23 A

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I do ok but its the weekends that I seem to be going over on my food. I work nights Sun thru Thur and have the weekends off. So my sleep and meals gets truned around. I do pretty good on getting enough sleep. I love tracking my food and think that it has helped me so so much. But I still go over. Just something that I need to work on.

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.-- Alfred D. Souza



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2/16/07 11:08 P

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Hello Ladies, I haven't post in a while but I love this thread. I was sitting here thinking the same thing as I munch on my strawberries and drink my Pomegranate martini...lol.

weekends are hard for me especially when I put the kids down for bed and I begin to settle down for the night.

Edited by: HEALTHYAT37 at: 2/16/2007 (23:09)
Never Give Up!!!


 
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HUSHHUSHBABY
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2/15/07 5:50 P

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These work for me:

*preportions in the fridge whether it be week or weekend (and I mean EVERYTHING: jello, fruits, veggies, meat, leftovers, etc)

*knowing the calories in fastfood joints when we go out on weekends

*and most important for me...to combat the urge to snack in the evening, I do my longest and hardest workout then! Tough to munch while on the bike, stepper, walking, swimming etc. Then if I am actually hungry after all that, then I don't feel guilty about having a little snack before bedtime.

Hope some of that helps!

Hush

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SUPERMOMJESSIE
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2/15/07 1:14 P

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...ugh....my problem is OVER EATING once I get home...I make good healthy food (most of the time) but I'll still over eat...it tastes sooo good...I almost feel like at work I have to "be good" - at home I'm much more comfortable....I often go through this cycle where I'm in control, then back to letting the food control me. I'm back in the over eating, seconds please, letting the food control me state. I've gotta get that will power back....at home....ugh...

"People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning."
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First Goal 5lbs (179) -DONE!
10lbs (174)
10% 18lbs (166)
25lbs (159)
half way point 37lbs (147)
in the Red Zone 49lbs (135)
TOUCH DOWN!!! 69 lbs (115) I'M GETTING A GOLD BIKINI!!!


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CCAMPBELL77
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2/12/07 9:37 P

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Both my husband and I work fulltime so the last thing we want to do when we get home is cook. We just want to spend time with our daughter. So we have resorted to heating up microwaveable meals after she goes down to bed at 8. We eat the meals by South Beach, Lean Cuisine, and Weight Watchers. They are actually pretty good and the portion is already sized for you.


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FIVEBELOW
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2/12/07 3:36 P

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Preping things once you get home from the grocery store works best for me. Having the kids and hubby there checking out what's in the bag helps, because I put them to work too. :-D A common staple in my freezer is frozen fruit. I break it up when I get home and just pull out what I need.

As far as eating on the weekends, I am constantly on the go with family activities...so I have the kids eat their cereal and I eat mine. Lunch on the go is easy, because I can throw together a wrap and go. Dinner is tricky, because I really don't feel like cooking, but the prep work pays off because I can just throw something on the grill or in the broiler and forget about it.

Pre-prep is the key. It is a pain when you first get started, but it is easy to grab when you are constantly on the go. The ziploc snack size bags really help out.


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POLKADOTVANS
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2/10/07 10:42 P

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Definitely take all junk food out of your house so you can't possibly eat it. Have healthy selections to choose from. Try the Quakes rice snacks, and eat exactly 10. I also do the idea someone posted about having a small snack at work around 4:00 so I'm not starving when I reach home at 5:30. Make sure this 4:00 snack is healthy. For convenience at work, try the 100 calorie packs.

I must say though, that the days when I have a snack in the morning and afternoon, at 100 cals each, are the same days I end up going over on my calories for the day.

I haven't tried the no-food-after-7:30pm tactic, but I have been able to curb my habit of always having a huge bowl of yogurt (250 cals) just before bedtime. I realized I'm not even very hungry, it's just a habit. I tell myself, "If I just go to bed now, instead of serving that, then I won't even know if I'm hungry!" This has worked well and shaved off 250 cals a day! But I do notice I'm starving in the morning. But i just eat my cereal breakfast first thing, and I'm fine.

Biggest thing I suggest is the removal of all junk food in the house! emoticon


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EMA12779
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2/8/07 4:36 P

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My problem is when I am home on the weekends , I am not eating breakfast or small snacks like I should be... During the week im fine , but the weekends are what get to me that way..

Erin


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SUPERMOMJESSIE
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2/6/07 1:25 P

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I recently read the suggestion to have hot tea on hand, I do and I used to do this...forgot the tip somewhere along the way.....but I digress...the point is, rather than snacking while cooking dinner, make a cup of hot tea to sip on while cooking dinner (add extra sweetener if you are feeling like sweets) the warmth soothes and keeps hunger at bay until dinner is done...I used to do this during bedtime too...seemed to ward off my bedtime munchies!! I've gotta start doing this again!!! (AND GREEN TEA IS SOO GOOD FOR YOU ANYWAY!!!)

"People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning."
– Lao-Tzu

5'2"

First Goal 5lbs (179) -DONE!
10lbs (174)
10% 18lbs (166)
25lbs (159)
half way point 37lbs (147)
in the Red Zone 49lbs (135)
TOUCH DOWN!!! 69 lbs (115) I'M GETTING A GOLD BIKINI!!!


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ISEULTE
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2/6/07 10:15 A

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I like what the previous posters have said, but I wanted to add that if you stock your fridge with pre-cut fruits & veggies and eliminate all the bad-for-you foods in your pantry, you're more likely to at least eat healthy foods when you feel like binging. It's really hard to eat so many grapes or broccoli florets that you sabotage yourself.

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4MACS2GO
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2/6/07 6:14 A

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I adopted an "Oprah-ism". She said on a recent show that the single most important change she made in her diet was not eating after 7:30 PM. I tried it lost 2 lbs the first day! (It was that pesky fluctuating 2 lbs I'd been fighting). This new habit limits the time I have to eat at home after work and after the kids go to bed. Been a huge help to me. Hope it helps you too! I think if you go to bed early or if you already do this, you could try moving your cut off time a little earlier. I found that 7 pm works better for me bc I was eating lots at exactly before 7:30 to make my cut off!

People don't realize that the Devil is actually INERTIA... allowing life to happen to you, as you do the same thing over and over, or worse, do nothing at all.

"Destiny demands you do better than your supposed best." Jack Kent Cooke


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ATK2008
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2/5/07 10:21 P

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I do the same thing! What has helped a little is eating a snack at work around 4:00pm. That way I am not completely ravenous when I get home.

I also make a big effort to plan exactly what I am going to eat so that I don't have to go through that starving-in-front-of-the-fridge thing.

Short-term goal: wave goodbye to the 190's forever in January 2011 -- so far so good!!

Mid-term goal: get into the 170's in time for the Spring (April)

Final goal: Get to a healthy BMI (140) and a waist measurement of 32 1/2"









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2/5/07 9:49 P

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I had a bad day of eating today too. I don't know what got into me. I am okay now though and plan on a good day tomorrow.

What lies before us and what lies beyond are tiny compared to what lies within us. - HENRY DAVID THOREAU
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2/5/07 9:06 P

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Hi everyone!
I recently joined the group, and would really like some input from everyone as to how everyone manages eating well at home. I'm pretty good about watching what I'm eating at work, smaller portions, better choices etc, however, once I get home, I feel like I start inhaling everything in sight! I don't know if it's just that I'm having a really hard time adjusting to the lower amount of calories that I'm consuming, or what. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
Corrie


 
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