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4/21/07 4:28 P

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I travel for work so I often have great difficulty staying within range during the week. I try very hard but it is extremely hard to have grilled chicken and steamed veggies every night for fear of other items on the menu. I do well at home because I know exactly what is going into all of my meals. I also look forward to making a spark recipe every weekend. Any suggestions for eating out?

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I also do the 6 meals a day. Keeps my metabolism up and my hunger down.

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I have a really hard time with TOM and calorie range and like previously suggested I eat the caramel and chocolate chip rice cake. Its only 60 calories. If I am really bad and need a good peice of chocolate I only eat a little bit, I've found these peices with 55 calories per, they're very small but sometimes satisfying enough. Than to make up for eating such high calorie food because eating chocolate is like wasting calories because there's barely any food for your money. Load up on veggies, eat alot of veggies so you feel full so that way if you're are tempted to eat chocolate your calories wont be so out there. You'd be surprized at how much vegetables you can eat for 200 calories. Also I would definatly suggest eating 200-300 calories every 2-3 hours, something with protein and fiber. That way you always feel like you've had something to eat. Mix it up too, dont eat the same things. If you're on a spark team like April Sring into action and have to write your calories in for the day, do it when you've eaten all that you're allowed so then you know you can't eat any more, it helps alot when your held accountable. Also if you've eaten all the calories allowed and its close to bedtime and you feel your stomach growling, just go to bed, this one I find is the that helps the most. And even with all this, sometimes I do go over calorie range but its not as much as before its probably only about 100-200 calories over compared to before when it was 300-500.

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4/20/07 9:42 A

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I agree with the 6 meal idea. I break mine into 3 meals and 3 snacks. I try to eat about every two hours. Breakfast: 8:00, snack: 10:00, lunch 12:00, snack: 2:00, snack 4:00. Then dinner isn't usually until 7:00 or so when I get home from the gym. It also helps to check my calorie count before I leave work so I know exactly how many calories I have for dinner. As far as TOM goes, it helps to have little "treats". I found peanut butter chocolate chip rice cakes that are great and only 60 calories.

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4/19/07 11:30 A

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Ok WOAM - I've been struggling big time to stay in my range when it's "that time" of the month - do any of you have that issue too?

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4/15/07 6:21 P

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4/14/07 8:56 A

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I'm with STEVIEBEE569 - I eat 6 smalls meals through the day. My schedule is similar to hers. Somedays I do have smaller snacks in order to have a bigger dinner, but I plan ahead. I usually do my meals ahead of time so I'm not stuck for ideas.

As for snacks- I set aside time during the week to pre-package snacks. I bought some cheap glad containers that hold around 1/2 cup. I fill that with snacks- like fruits, nuts, veggies and try to have fruit on hand at all times :) Another great snack are the 100 calorie packs and the 90 calorie rice cakes with chocolate drizzle!

It's easy to want to eat a big dinner when you're a great cook. So- while you're cooking set some fresh veggies aside for you to nibble on and always keep a nice big glass of water by your side. Good luck!

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LISA,
I CAN RELATE. EATING THE 6 MINI MEALS HELPS ME TO STAY ON TARGET BETTER!!

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.
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I know I have trouble with my calorie ranges. I had to actually INCREASE what I ate. I was only eating around 800 cals a day and couldnt figure out why I wasnt losing weight. See I usually cant eat very much at one sitting so a friend suggested to me to eat 6 mini meals through the day. So it seems like I am eating ALL the time but by the calorie count I am right on target now. So I really believe in the 6 times a day eating. Usually my snacks are no more than 100-150 cals and my Meals are anywhere from 200-450 with the occasional out to eat with the family and that might jump to 600(I try to plan for those and not eat as much during the day.

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4/10/07 12:54 P

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A typical "good" day for me is the following:

- Oatmeal and Banana for breakfast (I eat the Quaker Instant Healthy Heart kind)
- Slice of cheese and pretzels for a snack
- Soup and/or salad for lunch
- Orange or carrot stick for snack
- chicken breast and veggies or something equal to this for dinner

It's hardest for me when I don't buy what I know I should be eating, or when I don't plan ahead well enough and forget to bring my food with me. Plus going out to eat is a downfall.


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4/10/07 12:38 P

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Nice suggestions here for staying in calorie range.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.
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4/10/07 11:33 A

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I found that if I have ACTUAL meals planned out for breakfast and lunch I tend to not over eat for dinner. I have this tendency not to consider sandwiches or fruit as meals but as snacks and a sandwich can run up to 600 calories EASY. Also working out in the PM prevents me from eating too late because I get too nauseous to work out if I eat anywhere within 3 hours of a work out.

 
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4/10/07 11:25 A

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I found that if I have ACTUAL meals planned out for breakfast and lunch I tend to not over eat for dinner. I have this tendency not to consider sandwiches or fruit as meals but as snacks and a sandwich can run up to 600 calories EASY. Also working out in the PM prevents me from eating too late because I get too nauseous to work out if I eat anywhere within 3 hours of a work out.

 
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4/6/07 12:42 A

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Amanda,

You may want to add a carb to your breakfast: some toast or oatmeal. Also, like DO2HEAL stated, be careful of the nuts. They are extremely high in calories. Try to eat lunch! Don't deprieve yourself. If you want ice cream, eat some ice cream (just do the serving size). Overall, not bad!

Steph

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Being a teacher is very hard and demanding. There are some suggestions on the sizzling steppers post. Watch those nuts they're good for you but in moderation. Most servings for nuts are 1 oz. or less it depends on the type.

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AMANDA481260 Posts: 46
4/5/07 8:51 A

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Hmm so yesterday I tried this real hard - but something came up at work argh - and I ended up skipping lunch because I had to submit grades. So I ended up doing the following:

730 - 2 eggs for breakfast
1000 handful of peanuts
200 some carrots
400 an orange
600 dinner - chicken and some whole wheat pasta
800 snack - lol i couldnt help it - but i had a cup of ice cream... argh

going to keep trying this - hopefully wont have to skip lunch too often

hope everyone has a great day! =)

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Amanda,

Try it and let us know your progress!

Steph

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4/3/07 9:05 P

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I think tomorrow I am going to try to do 6 meals a day.

7:00 Breakfast - (going to try to have eggs for the protein)
10:00 Snack - fruit
11:30 Lunch - usually do veggies
1:30 Snack - peanuts or some pretzels
4:00 Snack - Fruit? or more veggies - this is always when i am like super hungry
7:00 Dinner - Going to work on doing a LIGHTER dinner...

Hmm I think I can do this.. I'll let you guys know how it works =) Also gonna try to add more h2O in to keep me from being hungry!

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AMANDA481260 Posts: 46
4/3/07 8:59 P

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I eat probably about 4 meals a day, no specific times (although I'd like to make it into specific times). But usually like

7:00 Breakfast
Before work Snack - fruit
11:30 Lunch
Then I work out usualy from 2-4ish and am STARVING at 4...
6/7:00 Dinner

So I think maybe if I add in a meal right before I work out it might be helpful... I like to eat smaller meals throughout the day to stay full and satisfied. I think I'll try to create set times to eat like you do Steph.

It sucks b/c I love dinner foods! I'd prefer to eat dinner over breakfast!

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4/3/07 5:15 P

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I used to have that problem to but then I completly flipped. They say that you are supposed to eat like a king for breakfast, queen for lunch and pauper for dinner. The reason they say that is because in the morning you have allllllllll day to burn those calories off the later you eat the less time you have to convert those calories into energy. So I eat the majority of my calories at breakfast and my midmorning snack and then a light lunch and a light dinner.

You could try eating foods that are filling but low in calories like chicken and veggies.

 
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4/3/07 5:13 P

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AMANDA481260,

How many times during the day do you eat? Do you typically eat 3 meals and a snack? What is your eating regime? I have to eat every 2-3 hours in order to increase my metabolism. In addition, I try to eat 6 small meals a day. I just changed my eating schedule: 8:00 am; 10:00 am; 12:00 pm; 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm.

8:00 Breakfast
10:00 Snack (including a protein)
12:00 Lunch
2:00 Snack (including a protein)
5:00 Pre-workout snack (yogurt & fruit or granola bar)
7:00 Dinner

This typically helps me not to be hungry throughout the day. Going back to this routine has helped me lose 6 pounds in March.

I hope this helps!

Steph

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4/3/07 4:57 P

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Thanks so much for the help! So what do you guys think about saving/banking up calories so you can have a bigger dinner? Healthy? I always heard no - but it sure makes me happy!

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AMANDA481260:
Since you love to cook (I'm jealous) you could go with meals that are lower in calories and fat. Utilize the recipe section of spark or use the Internet for good recipes. I have found a multitude of tasty meals that are healthy and satisfying. Also, use more boneless/skinless chicken and fish instead of pork or beef. I use ground turkey instead of hamburger in my shepard pies, chili, tacos and so on and my family really loves it.

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Thanks for your great idea -- Never thought of cutting calories during the day so I would have more to use if need be at night - emoticon

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I used to do the same thing, and finally caught myself going way over at night. I've also decreased my cals for breakfast and lunch because I know there's a good chance I'll eat more at night. But I've found that having a storage system helps me not pig out (I usually put half of it in the fridge if my hubby doesn't want the rest of my generous portion). Hope that helps!

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I live alone also. GODDESS, that's a great idea for dividing food. I'm trying that one. I have most of my calories before 3, for dinner, it's usually a salad, w/fish, or w/fruits in it. I'm really active during the day, so, I stay hungry. After supper, I usually have yogurt w/a side of fruit. I plan my caloric intake first thing in the morning, and if I'm having something higher in calories (more than usual) for dinner, then my morning and afternoon calories are lower than normal.

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I am by myself so I only cook for me. I find that when I go to my moms house I tend to over eat. I take a tupperware thing thats divided into to 3 sections. If she makes like chicken then that gets the big section and I fill up the little sections with a veggie and a potato side. If she made a fatty meat like roast or brisket then I fill up the little ones with meat and potatos and then the big one with a veggie.

 
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Check your sparkmail. I hope that helps. emoticon

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I am having such a rough time staying in my calorie range because I always eat too much for dinner. I love to cook and tend to eat the most at this time of day. I kknow I am supposed to balance out the calories throughout the day, but am having a rough time. My calorie range is 1200-1500 and I am REALLY struggling to stay below 1500. Does anyone have any advice? Maybe someone can tell me what they eat each day (in the 1200-1500 range). Ive been eating lots of veggies and fruit throughout the day, spreading it out so im not hungry, but always when its time to sit down for dinner with my fiance - I eat like over half the calories I need for the entire day! I need help - I love to eat way too much! AHHH

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