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Hi Roxie, I think Sharon is probably right, and you don't want to change too much at one time. It makes it much harder to maintain the changes. SparkPeople will take you through stages which seem to make the whole process easier. For most of us we are trying to make life changes for our health, that takes baby steps.
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We are told to begin with baby steps so 1 wine spritzer or 1 wine cooler (wine and diet sprite) instead of 2 glasses of wine is a small change. Later you can take another small step by eliminating the wine and replacing it with tonic water or diet soda.
Also for now it might be ok to not count the calories in your supplements and count your food intake (including drinks) only. If you can't lose weight doing this cut back by 100 calories, still can't lose cut back another 100, etc. until you find your weight loss requirements. Once you get used to eating 1400 calories or less you can begin to add the calories from your supplements.
I think it should work but it is only my personal opinion.
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Thanks for the tips. I guess I just have to be strong and really want this. I'm going to be strong and order a tonic water tonight. How about a spritzer? Half wine and half tonic water. I'm trying hard to get my system used to eating less. Maybe with time it'll conform.
It's not exactly a substitute for wine since the taste is very different, but I made friends with the bartender at the Officer's Club years ago--and all I had to do was ask him for "the usual," and he'd give me a Fresca (in a tall glass, with the little umbrella, etc.) and everybody assumed I was drinking. That way, they weren't pushing drinks on me, and I wasn't pushing my calorie count way up.
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Welcome to SP, Roxie! I suggest you read all the startup information and go through the steps recommended there. Use the Nutrition Tracker faithfully and see how your food choices add up right now. Then you'll be able to see where to cut back.
I'm a wine lover too, and that is a big part of my problem to begin with. I had to pledge to change my lifestyle, and that included limiting my wine to the once-weekly dinner out instead of buying it by the bottle at the grocery to bring home. Water is the best drink in the world, and the only one we really need throughout our adult lives.
Stick around here and you'll get lots of support and advice. Good luck!
BTW, I average less than 1100 calories a day without trouble, so it can be done.
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Hi Ladies: This is my first time writing and I have a question. I'm 52 and possibly now post-menopausal. I've been trying to lose 20 pounds for the last 2 years to no avail. Used to be an avid runner with no problem maintaining my weight, but now that I can't run I've been having a heck of a time. Walk everyday 45min to an hour. My biggest problem is I'm very social and always have some event to attend and as you all know the happy hour is not the best place to eat. I love wine so when I go I always order at least two glasses. Any ideas what to order in lieu of wine? Another question, I've been told that in order to lost weight I need to stay on a 1400 calorie diet. I take flaxseed oil and soyprotein drink every day (helps with my menopause symptoms)which adds up to 420 calories which leaves me with approx. 980 calories for the day. It's really hard to diet on 980 calories. Any ideas?