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7/17/12 9:59 P

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Hi Nancy,
I am not sure if I am motivated yet but I am trying. It is so hot here in Illinois that I really don't feel like making much of anything to eat. I have been living on cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and tomatoes.

I wanted to start walking but with temperatures hovering around 99 degrees it does not make me want to go out of the house.

I do like your idea of making my own TV dinners and once I pick out some recipes I will get started cooking and freezing. Unfortunately I too have an "unhealthy" pantry so I will have to fit some of those foods in as well.

Thank you for the encouragement. - Bette

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3


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7/15/12 10:08 P

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I have a family, but I also do what Nancy talked about. I used to commute 3 hours one way to work and stayed at my work until the weekends. So, during the week I ate the meals I froze on the weekends when I cooked meals for my family and cooked extra both for them and for me to take with me.
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7/14/12 9:58 P

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Hi, GRAMS38:

There's a saying, "When the Student is ready, the Teacher will come." Congratulations on realizing you're ready for a lifestyle change!

I'm a widow, of sorts: my husband has worked overseas since the job market fell out in our area. He's been gone for 2 years (this time!), with only 1 yearly visit home. I spent most of that 2 years eating whatever I pleased, whatever made me feel good. And then came my wake up call when I simply said, Enough! and found SparkPeople.

Baby steps are do-able ones. Make it a goal to eat one additional serving of vegetables or fruit, to drink those 8 cups of water, or to start tracking your food and your fitness. Then as you feel comfortable--as you get "sparked"--add to your goals.

Cooking for yourself does have its advantages, especially now that you're trying to reinvent your meals, your refrigerator, and your pantry, not to mention a consistent exercise program! I'm still "eating down" my unhealthy pantry, but enjoying the challenge of figuring out ways to make some of those cans or boxes more healthy. I only cook a couple times a week, but I cook 4 servings at a time--eat one, and portion out and freeze "tv dinners" with the rest. If you try this method, after a few weeks you'll have enough frozen dinners to rotate them around and never get bored.

Best of luck to you on your journey! --Nancy

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7/14/12 8:52 P

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I joined this challenge a long time ago but I am finally going to get motivated and do something about my weight. I am going to sit down and plan my meals (at least for two or three days) so that I don't just grab something from the pantry. I am a widow so I do not have anyone else to cook for so I can select whatever food I want and do not have to please anyone but me. I am also going to start a walking "program" so that I can at least get some exercise in each day.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3


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