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I often use MorningStar Farms crumbles in place of hamburg. I substitute it in spaghetti sauce, caseroles and stuffed peppers. Ground beef sometimes does not stay moist
enough like the crumbles do. Also using MSF crumbles lowers the serving calories
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We had spaghetti marinara for lunch today and the boys had turkey meatballs. I had one because there was one left and it needed to be eaten. Tonight we are having one of my favorites, breaded flounder from SamsClub and roasted cauliflower. I tend towards meatless, but sometimes crave some meat or just eat what is there.

I have noticed I can't stand grilled chicken unless I cook it at home. Weird. I love Chick fil A's chicken (except the grilled). We eat there A LOT!!!

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I like the maple sausage when I eat it. I make spaghetti without meat and add diced, canned tomatos , the Italian kind.

I had meat a couple of time this last month though. I am up and down and need to stick with fish. Had shrimp today.


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We still eat Morning Star veggie patties every now and then and we love the links. The kids eat them with breakfast sandwiches. My son even put some with some spaghetti the other day that I made w/out meat. We don't eat it a lot, but when we need a change or feel bogged down, we have it. Everything in moderation.

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I love Morningstar farms bacon and bbqued ribs but lately there is so much controversy about soy that it confuses me and don't know if it is good or bad. It does help staying away from animal slaughter to eat it but what about your health? I do eat tilapia and had gotten bad to eating some meat. With the soy products it is easier.




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It did. I had them on and off for a few days. Thankfully, they have stopped. I am now dealing with some hip or sciatic pain, but luckily I am going to the chiropractor tomorrow. :)

I hope everyone has a great week. I have a lot going on. Dr. appts, bingo, my friend's wedding and I work in the kitchen.

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Hope you both feel better soon. emoticon

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Man, that stinks. I hope it gets better soon. Since coming to the in-laws, my head has been mildly aching. I'm hoping it doesn't go into a migraine, because then I eat whatever, good or not, in my numbers or not.

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I am struggling because I hurt my arm yesterday. I pulled a muscle or did something to tendons or something. I may go to the doctor tomorrow if it still hurts a lot tomorrow. I'm just a little discouraged.

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yep. I have always had a tendency towards non-meat. It's not that I don't like it. I enjoy a steak every now and then (a few times a year) and if I come a cross a good burger I will eat it. But I just usually load up on veggies and fruit. It's weird. I couldn't give it all up though.

I get the family thing. Not my immediate family, but in-laws and others, sometimes don't get that it's just a preference. I do have a vegan friend and I don't get that at all. I couldn't go without my dairy!


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My biggest struggle right now is family and friends thinking I need to eat more meat. I have nothing against meat. I have no moral high ground. I just choose to eat very little meat. For me a low meat diet makes me feel healthier and have more energy. The struggle is how to get them to understand veggies are not just for side dishes. emoticon

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To get good results with beans, par boil them, let them sit for an hour, rinse thoroughly and cook with your favorite seasonings.

I am not a soy fan, except for soy milk. Maybe someone could recommend a particular type of tofu or tempeh or brand?

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I have tried both tofu & tempeh... not a fan of either...but I'm wondering about edamame, those are soy beans right? I've not tried them... oh wait yes I did but I didn't get them pre-shelled and didn't know you couldn't eat the pods and I just threw them in some stir-fry like snap peas... it was not good, although my mom had a good laugh.

I'm a little confused about quinua, I know its a complex carb and breaks down slowly... but it only has 8g of protein...

Do you know if I soak a big bag of dried beans, can I freeze portions of it to use at a later time?? I would hate to have to throw some out because they went bad, my kids are not really friends with beans (although I try to sneak them into things all the time) and how long would they keep in the fridge?

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If you are trying to stay away from starchy food, just eat whole grains like brown rice, barley, or quinua. As long as the complex carbs haven't been broken down they convert to sugar slowly and some of it will pass straight through with out becoming sugar. As a bonus they are high in fiber and protein.

I replace my meat with beans and nuts. I cook all different kinds of beans in my crock pot and buy peanut and almond butter made with no added sugar or oil. I always have whole almonds at work and home for snacks.

Have you tried tempeh? It is my favorite soy product. It is whole soy beans fermented into blocks. I like to pan sear it and throw into veggie stir fri.

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What products are you using? I know we only like Morning Star brand and don't like the "grillers" burgers but everything else is pretty good. We love the links, chicken products, black bean, veggie, Asian and Chickpea patties. I haven't tried the corn dogs, hot dogs, or mushroom lover patties. I did try the meatballs and they were ok, but must be eaten (for me) with plenty of other things like pasta and sauce.

We eat peanut butter, eggs, yogurt, cheese, potatoes with veggies, and experiment with red rice and quinua. Mexican food is a wonderful option because you can add avocado, egg, beans, veggies, rice and so much more to get protein and lots of flavor. My breakfast is 99% of the time Multigrain Cheerios with extra fiber or a flake cereal with extra protein (in the cereal itself) and my fiber powder (I use Metamucial clear and natural) or oatmeal, there are several with protein and fiber and even a cream of wheat with fiber and protein. You can add an egg to your oats or cream of wheat for extra protein and I often eat that for dinner or lunch.

Smoothies with Greek yogurt is another good one. We use Fage and frozen fuit with OJ or skim milk. If I'm in a hurry and have fresh fruit that works great for lunch with some fiber powder with some cheese and crackers.

Toasted ravioli (cheese) or tortellini with sauce. Peas are great with both of those. Hummus is great with bell peppers or crackers. A friend of mine showed me some Newman's Own that had fiber and protein. I don't think hummus has that much protein, but it's tasty and at least has some.

Well, I hope this gets you started. Good luck.

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HELP!!!!

I mean... Hello everyone, I'm having issues keeping to any kind of plan right now, the motivation just is NOT there... and it sucks!! I've decide to be a flexitarian mostly for health reasons (I love meat but I seem to have a lot of joint and muscle issues) and the inflammation doesn't seem as bad when I don't eat meat. So I thought I would keep my inner carnivore caged till Sunday dinners. My problem is that I don't like tofu, soy or meat substitutes (icky), I also don't want to supplement my diet with a lot of starchy foods like pasta and rice. (trying to cut all of them out as well) Does anyone have some ideas as far as food goes?? My mother is a vegan and I cook most of her meals... so I am not completely new to this... I just seem to have veggie block lately.

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We can do this without eating meat all the time!
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LOL, I know. I was just hoping it would help me lose weight not gain. It's frustrating right now. I have actually been contemplating implementing meat back in. Argh.

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Hi, Rumbamel,
I am not saying you are fat, but there ARE fat vegetarians. Calorie count is still important, although you can eat more veggies than meat!
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Thanks for the help, but I think the only way to do that is the "meal plan" option.

Oh, well.

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Rumbamel, I think if you go to your trackers and go to the My Nutrition tab. You will see a button that says tracker options and clicking on it opens a menu to change diet settings. You can make choices for different types of diets and opt out of certain foods. Hope that is what you are looking for. Kay

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Ok, I'm thinking I need to change my nutrition tracker. Now that I am flexitarian/vegetarian and also that I have gained some weight, I think I should change something. I can't recall how I got started or changed things. Does anyone remember what to do when you want to lose weight and have certain diet restrictions? Can that be factored in?

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We just have to take it one day at a time, one meal at a time and sometimes, even one moment at a time. Every good decision we make is a victory for our life. However, we also can't beat ourselves up if we make one bad choice. We just have to pick ourselves up and keep going. Confidence in ourselves is key. We can do this.

I kept telling myself today that I needed to get home to my veggies because I was hungry. I had to stop doing my tasks so I could eat. I made a strange lunch, but it was healthy and tasty. I was proud that I didn't go out somewhere to make things convenient. The choice I made for lunch made it easier to choose dinner at home, too.

This is my birthday month and I will have a lot of coupons to places, so it will be interesting to see how creative I can be. I usually get a filet mingon from Houlihan's...hmmmm Choices.

Good luck, I know you guys can do this.

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I lost weight, then regained it all back this year. I'm so frustrated. I've had a bad time of eating so far this year as well, and am trying hard to get back on course. Exercise is eluding me as well. I'm trying to find my motivation, but so far it's not working. I've eaten so much meat since the beginning of December because I've been too tired to cook for myself. My family eats meat every day, while I try to eat mostly vegetarian. I'm struggling to get off the meat wagon and get back into my flexitarian eating habits again.

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Ok, so I know that I am obese, but I am working on it and doing really great. I have lost 38 pounds since October. Today, was quite upsetting. I am so tired of being discriminated against because of my size. There are laws to protect people from discrimination against color, race, religion and sexual preference, but not for weight discrimination. People can be so mean.

The one silver lining- with Spark People I am learning to control emotional eating. Instead of reaching for food, I'm so mad that I am going to try even harder to get the weight off and keep it off.

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I have a similar issue with, I like to call it, "Migraine eating". Whenever I get a migraine, all of my eating common sense goes out the window and I just eat whatever sounds good at the time, Doritos, nachos, cookies, lots of chocolate, hot cocoa, ice cream, you get the idea. I usually bounce from one thing to another and eat little bits of stuff. Sometimes I just go some place like a mexican place and get nachos or get a big burger. Not my usual fare. I am fearful that my headache this morning will turn into a migraine and wanting to get rid of it will cause me to eat whatever I see. It's so hard to be strong. I've been with spark for so long and have learned a lot, but our bodies are so powerful and tricky.

I am so glad we have these forums to turn to.

Happy Sparking and good luck with your day.

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This morning has not been a good morning. I ate most of my daily calories for breakfast and I did not make healthy choices. I am so frustrated and found myself eating out of emotions rather than hunger. Sometimes I have difficulty letting go and moving on because I don't want to upset someone else. I end up in situations that are not best for me and end up becoming frustrated. I know I need to change, but change is difficult. SP is helping me to make changes to my eating and exercise habits, and is teaching me how to make life changes. I guess that it is a work in progress and will take time. I am going to apply 'taking small steps' toward learning to let go and move on. Now if I can just get control over emotional eating. On the bright side- SP has helped me realize what I was doing before it got totally out of control.

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The psychological logic for the rise in appetite while studying according to a recent study, is that mental work “destabilizes” our levels of insulin and glucose, which in turn stimulates the appetite.
“Is this why after a weekend of total dedication to homework, I suddenly find I’ve depleted me and my roommate’s entire snack supply?
A little bit of exercise or movement will help the level of insulin and glucose so plan small breaks of moving before the “snack attack” hits.
When you are under stress while studying, your body looks for foods to help ramp up your energy level fast, and sugary starchy high calorie snacks fill the bill.
There are real demonstrated reasons while we eat when we study or sit for long periods of time, just plan the snacks, try to keep ones you like around that are lower in sugar and fat. Eat non-fat dairy if you can and low fat cheese. Keep hummus and cans of black beans around and whole wheat crackers.

Good luck and don't beat yourself up when you find the bottom of a bag of chips. You are not alone.


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I was so low in energy then found that eating meat increased my energy.
Usually eat chicken or fish but on active weeekends breakdown for a
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How about trying a green smoothie at night, as long as you have some calories left. It always satisfies my sweet tooth craving.

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Hello, well I 'm wondering if you are craving sweets because you are exercising more? I am a runner and often crave carbs. I've learned if I replenish right after exercise then I don't usually crave as much later. Hope this helps!

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Hi All! I'm struggling with self-sabotage. My problem is that even though I exercise more now, I can't seem to break this craving for sweets at night (i. e. cake, ice cream, chocolate). I'd blame it on pre-menopause, but I don't think that'll fly as a real excuses. I could use some kick-in the pants reality right about now to get me head in gear and change. emoticon

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I'm sorry to hear that! I KNOW it's difficult! But, keep it up! It pays off!

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Eating too much meat! Gained 3.5 lbs in the last week to two weeks because of it. I try to eat fish or chicken only once or twice a month. I'm really paying for it now. I feel bloated from too much dairy, and my energy level has hit rock bottom. I don't really have support from my family and it's really hard. They're all complaining about eating organic veggies and fruit, and I'm fed up.

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Yay! A lighta t the end of the tunnel! I finally lost 5 pounds! Sigh...

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Yes, I have. I'm 155 now. I'd like to be 130 by the new year. That's more than reasonable. I have a calorie range and have made sure to stay within those guidelines. I know starving myself is not the way to go. I'm trying not to get discouraged. At least I know that I FEEL better. And, my husband is super supportive. But, sometimes it's nice to get some more reassurance. :) Thanks!

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Don't get discouraged it takes some time. Did you set up your goal weight and a target date to lose it by? Your calorie range is designed to slowly let you lose weight up to your target date starving yourself at the beginning just makes things worse. Also as you add exercise you will start to build muscle. Muscle is heaver than fat so it can hid your results. I got really discouraged at one point in my weight lose battle until I realised that the scale wasn't moving but my pants just kept getting baggier. Stay in your calorie range, give it some time, and watch your flab go bye bye ; )

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I haven't had a chance to et caught up on the threads. But, I am frustrated! I have completely changed the way I eat, what I eat, and how much I eat. I cut out sodas, even diet sodas. I have been walking 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Today I even added a LITTLE jogging today. OK, GRANTED, it has only been 2 weeks. But, come ooooooon! I haven't lose a single pound! Seriously?!?!???

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Hello again S/M,

I am a vegetarian and am trying to build more muscle so I am always watching my protein intake. I do eat soy but not every meal or even every day. I center every meal on a source of protein and add more where I can. I cook dried beans in my crock pot and always have left overs in the fridge. Then I can use the beans to make meal-less loafs, hamburger patties, or meatless balls. I add chopped nuts to my salads and keep a can of raw almonds in my desk drawer at work for snacks. I always keep almond butter and peanut butter at home and eat that or hummus as my evening snack. Have you tried Quorn? It is fake meat made from fungi. It is a good replacement for soy products.

Rob

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hope you are doing well at taking care of yourself and letting yourself heal. I understand how that can be. I live with chronic illness, and it means I have to be wise about how I spend my energy.

My struggle lately has been around food. I am allergic to eggs, and due to my hypo-thyroid meds, I can't eat soy. So as I've tried to eat more vegetarian meals, I have to do a lot of replacements. I end up cooking vegan a lot because the recipes don't include eggs, but then I'm low on protein. I've tried adding beans to things, and I know vegetables have protein I'm not unaware of that fact, but my actual protein calories come out lower on days I'm eating more vegetarian meals since a lot of them use things for protein that I can't eat. Suggestions?

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Was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis a month ago when it went from one foot to both. It is very uncomfortable. Generally this stems from years of overdoing. I used to jog, walk 4-5 days a week. I think it developed more when I stopped and gained weight. Little foot arches finally let me know they didn't like it!

My struggle is with wanting to push through it, and wanting to try and heal it (as my daughter did).

The weather is ideal for a walk this morning. I have negotiated with myself. Take pup for a shorter walk and then hit the recumbent bike while watching the morning news. I do recognize that I'm fortunate to have an option, but not okay with having this roadblock, especially since SPARKPEOPLE lit a fire under me emoticon

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I've been struggling with consistency. I fall off the wagon all the time. I've been reading articles on this site this morning and I've decided that I need to set more short-term goals and need to feel rewarded more often by reaching those short-term goals. I'm not saying that I need to reward myself each time but I need to feel the success - that will keep me going.

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right now, since my DH has been unemployed since March '11, i have been trying to be supportive of his job seeking efforts. every time i make a suggestion that isn't in his comfort zone, he shoots me down. he might not be getting unemployment much longer, since he is "refusing" some temporary jobs. i need to know how to be supportive, without going nuts when i suggest something and he shoots it down. we will have to start to dip into our house fund more, which pays the mortgage and taxes on our house, when he isn't getting an unemployment check and doesn't have a regular job. so, we could have to ask my parents for help by the end of this year, if DH doesn't have a regular job. I don't want to do that. so, how do i get his butt in gear to get ANY job if he isn't getting unemployment, and me not go nuts if he drags it out as long as possible? i don't like being the only one working, especially since i don't like my job.

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Kristal

I really think you need to get your antidepressant checked. I have been here and it sounds like yours isnt working, or needs a boost. I know when my depression was at its worst I didnt even have the energy to walk into the bathroom to go brush my teeth once I had gotten up and went into the living room. I hope you too can feel better soon.

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come post often and try to unload what is brothering you at anytime . do not keep it inside . let it go .

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Thank you both.
I'm pretty sure it's not my motivation even though I keep blaming it myself. I think I'm depriving myself nutritionally on top of taking an antidepressant medication. I switched it to nights with my night medication to sleep because it was making me tired. Problem is not the meds entirely because I've been like this since before the meds. Depression isn't so much a problem with it but probably a little. Thyroid has been checked and is ok.

Last year I was not as bad off and finally got myself up and going. I was doing Insanity, riding my bike, walking, running treadmill style, and even made it to the pool a couple of times before I fractured my foot on the treadmill. I was soooo excited I ran 3 mins straight then suddenly felt this horrible pain. I thought I just sprained it, went home, RICE, and waited. A few weeks later I attempted a small run on a track. I was in the ER that night. Another month later they confirmed I fractured it. That was last April!! It still hurts and I have another appointment in March. During this down time I've lost more and more energy. Weight is holding steady but I think I'm losing muscle whatever.

I'd like to get to the pool but it takes a ton of effort and that's where I feel the lack of energy the most. I'm not a social person so I'm not prepared to do classes but I'd do water aerobics on my own and swim (love it!!) but I can't seem to get the power in me to make it there. Now I'm noticing it with other things to, like I don't want to leave my house to go to the store, run errands, walk dogs, nothing! Well I want to but it's like something in me is EXHAUSTED!

Now I'm the one that's winded. Kinda venting frustration too.

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You have to find out what works for your body, but you have to get enough calories! If you restrict your calories too much your body will go into starvation mode and start fighting you. You will have no energy and your body will start hording fat. Once you switch to all healthy food you have to work at getting enough calories and protein. When I have a salad I put beans or nuts on top of it. I add raisins and nuts to my oatmeal. Plan your meals and your snacks in advance and measure everything out and count everything. If you are not getting enough calories force yourself to eat more, just make it healthy not empty calories.

I am no expert but what has worked for me is lots of exercise and constant eating. I know that sounds funny but the mini meals have worked wonders for me. I plan out three normal meals and three snacks every day. I eat mostly raw vegetables and nuts for snacks or nut butter. I buy the healthy no salt, sugar, or oil added peanut or almond butter.

I exercise every day. The more I exercise the more energy I have and the better I feel. I have worked my way up to it, but right now I walk every day in the morning and again in late afternoon. I do a short 10 or 20 minute cardio routine everyday before lunch. Three days a week I lift weights for a hour to an hour and a half. On the days I don't lift weights I go roller skating, ride my bike, play sports, or sometimes just jump on the trampoline with my daughter.

I know; I have gone on and on, but to make a long story short; get plenty of calories and protein and exercise everyday.

Rob

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Is there an underlying reason why you have no energy? I guess I would start there. If there's a medical cause, that needs to be addressed. If it's diet, make sure you're eating enough of the right foods. If it's motivation, just get started. Believe me, I've been there, when you think you're too tired, so you don't do it, but then you beat yourself up for being lazy. If that's what's going on, just make yourself go! Start small with a 20-30 minute walk and build up from there. Just start!

You can do it!

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Sparkpeople diet app!! I do wish I could easily check sparkpeople blog and few extras with it but being able to easily track food and water right there on my handy phone is incredible!! It makes me more aware right away versus writing something down and tracking it online at the end of the day. Plus being able to see right away, or when I'm out and about, that I need ___ many calories still is so huge to me!

Now, if I could just get my cals up while eating healthy (keeping fat down, protein up) AND get some energy! I am not really working out. Squats every day, stretching, and some other things thrown in every so often. But my energy to get out of this house and do something is GONE. HELP!

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It can be a struggle to squeeze in exercise and meal planning so we eat right and actually get the exercise in! I'm finding if I plan out the week and just make myself stick to it, no choice about it, it does work. I was just reading somewhere about having a backup plan if your Plan A doesn't work. That seems like a good idea too!

I feel like I'm getting a little better organized but have a ways to go. I know what my problem areas are... it's the doing something about it that's difficult!

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Well, this thread sounds all too familiar to me. I have just recently found this website. I love it so far. I have two major hurdles. I study all the time since I am working on my masters degree and I don't exercise like I should. (or that is what I used to do) It is now a new year, and I am off to a good start. I actually began a good exercise program for me in December. I bought the 10 minute trainer and doing that works for me. I now am tracking what I eat every day. If I have to think about what I eat I tend not to grab junk food. So far it is working. I just hope that it continues. I wish everyone on here the best of luck for this year!

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Thanks so much! I've been doing some reflecting as this year ends. I want to learn from mistakes so I don't repeat them. I know I can do this the slow and steady way.



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You have a good attitude! It seems to me that understanding the heart of the problem and coming up with a plan is the best start to it all.

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I have to say I've been struggling for a while now. I have been under a lot of stress at work and it's even worse now because this is our peak season. I've been struggling to work out and eat correctly. I've noticed I'm gaining weight and that has made me feel depressed. I'm feeling down but I know I'm not out. I'm setting goals for 2012 and preparing myself for a fresh start.



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I try not to buy any junk food that I like. My big temptation is salty and crunchy, so I buy the best healthy chips I can find at the health food store and make little baggies of exactly one serving. Then when I get a craving I know exactly how many calories and how much sodium I ate. It also reminds me of how many push-ups I am going to have to do to get rid of the extra calories. I also keep lots of fruit and crunchy vegetables around. I bring bags of carrot sticks and almonds with me to work every day. I try to eat all day long but only the pre-portioned snacks I bring from home.

Rob

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I sit at a desk basically all day for my job, so I know that feeling very well. It's like you just want SOMETHING... you might be hungry... not sure... I used to drink A LOT of diet pop just to satisfy that urge for SOMETHING.

What I do now, honestly, is tracking everything. It helps me be honest, cuz I used to be big on "oh this little bit doesn't matter so much" -- but when you're not really paying attention to how much that little bit really is, it CAN matter! :)

So, when I'm at work just dying for a little something, I might get a coffee (with milk & sugar, about 50 calories), or I might count out 12 almonds. Whatever it is, I know what it does to my overall calorie count for the day. I'm not about to eat up all my calories by 2:00 in the afternoon and have to skip supper because of it.

Sometimes more than anything I just need a break. I'll go for a little walk, get some water, talk to somebody...

I think sometimes that urge to snack is a bit of a procrastination device. Oh, I'll just go make myself a little snack rather than tackle this big assignment/project... been there, done that :) Sometimes I just need to have all my ducks in a row before I can settle in and tackle the big project. Ok, I've had my bathroom break, gotten a drink, now I'm ready to sit for a full hour and do this thing...

Does any of that sound familiar, help at all?

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Hi!
This is my major struggle right now and I have no clue why it happens!
I'm working on homework or studying, then I just decide to get up and grab a whole bunch of snacks (unhealthy snacks none the less!). Then I sit back down and just start eating. Once then I realize what I've been doing and feel really guilty!

Anyone have tips on how to stop this behavior? Thanks :)

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Are you facing a hurdle you could use a little help with? Diet-related, exercise-related, other? Sometimes just putting it out there and asking for advice can help a lot -- to clarify things in your own mind OR get some helpful advice you hadn't thought of before.

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