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2/5/13 12:41 P

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If you want Campbell's, go for it. Just be sure to track it and not eat a family size. The rest of the time, experiment with recipes for the chicken noodle soup to find one that is close. You can use Miracle Noodles or NoOdles instead of the usual pasta to reduce calories. I prefer the Miracle Noodles for texture since the NoOdles are softer.

Maybe if you remember that everyone is on a diet, this will help. If they eat, they are on a diet. What we are doing is going for healthier choices to reduce, maintain weight, feel better and make our bodies healthier in the long run.

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2/5/13 11:44 A

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Thanks for all the replies!
Yesterday was an all-around frustrating day for me. I am just counting the days until we will actually move.
Allowing myself to be unrestricted in what I eat seems to have led to seeing how much garbage food I could eat without gaining weight. To quote myself "Because I'm not on a DIET."

I am trying so hard to be good now and pull myself back on track because I am afraid when I get up there, my newer eating habits will be tested, hard.
My only hope is going to be portion control. I admit, I am looking forward to eating things that just aren't available in south Louisiana. Not to mention that its been 7 years since I have been anywhere near home.
My sister is also looking forward to treating my beau to things he has never had...Chicago deep dish pizza for starters. To be honest, I can and probably will do without the deep dish part of it...I prefer thin crust, lol (I'm a bad Chicago-an, I know)

As for changing my old standby recipes...I have done that with most of them, but its more like a new dish then...for instance, I like canned chicken noodle soup. I can make perfectly yummy, healthy, home made chicken soup, but when I get the taste for Campbell's...thats what I want, ESPECIALLY if I am not feeling well, or feeling out of sorts (read:stressed) like I have been.

Tracy, Illinois, CST

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2/4/13 7:06 P

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Lots of great advice here - I agree with them all! Depriving yourself is a sure route to giving up. Portion control, regular treats and trying to make good choices most of the time is the answer for me.

I have been on countless diets - trying to eat diet foods whether I liked them or not, banning certain foods, feeling deprived, hungry and miserable and just waiting for the day I could stop. Diets are only good for losing a few pounds for a holiday or to get into a dress for a special occasion. There is never a good time - life will always get in the way.

To lose a lot of weight and keep it off means changing the way you eat for ever. So plan in treats but track every last morsel you eat. If you have trigger foods that you can't stop eating once you start find an alternative that is good but not as moreish. I love chocolate so I have 4 squares of dark choc now and then. If it was milk choc I would keep going back until it had gone but dark doesn't have the same effect. I love an occasional Chinese takeaway so I choose boiled rice, have a clear soup starter to fill me up and only eat half a serving. That way I get to eat Chinese twice and don't go over on calories.

There are lots of things you can do to make it work for you if you choose to. As someone once said to me - you choose your attitude.

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2/4/13 6:34 P

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Sounds like we are pretty much on the same page.
Have been on many diets and failed at them all.
I do not do well when someone or something else is telling me what I can and cannot eat.

I don't view myself as being on a diet.
This is a lifestyle change for me and it affects all areas of my life.

This is the first time I feel really great about the choices being made.

Thanks to SP, I am happier and healthier than ever before.
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2/4/13 4:41 P

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I have never been able to "fit" into a diet. There were always foods I didn't like at all or a part of it. When I found SP it was a wonderful day. I can eat what I like but just have to be accountable for it. Much easier to say "you can have X (grams, ounces, etc) of this" instead of "you can't have this at all". We may be adults but we are like kids that are told "don't do that", what's the first thing they do? Exactly what they were told not to do.

I also have a day each week I can eat something that isn't the best idea. But only in moderation and I track it to the best of my abilities. Makes that item a treat to look forward to instead of something I have to avoid. I also try to find substitutes whenever possible. I love Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies but obviously my serving size (one sleeve) isn't the actual size and 4 cookies are not going to do anything but make me want more. Not to mention the lack of nutritional value in them. But, I've found something to take their place.... and I can have it all year long. Balance Bars have a Mint Chocolate that tastes just like Thin Mints but with protein and only 200 calories. One bar will satisfy me and help keep me full until my next meal/snack.

Hope this helps.

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2/4/13 4:00 P

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That is my struggle too but I have been forcing myself to eat healthier things, but another thing is, like yesterday I wanted pizza so I ate pizza, I got only veggies on it, but it was pizza all the same...baby steps honey...little changes til you get to where the cravings have subsided...like now I crave celery and green peppers and yogurt for snacks bc I don't buy chips and other snacky stuff anymore and bc Ive forced myself to eat the veggies, fruit and yogurt...you will get there too you just have to fight thru emoticon



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2/4/13 3:58 P

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Can you make small changes to the old stand-bys that make them more healthy?
This link might help give you ideas
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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Also regulate your portions of the foods you crave - but not eating them at all can cause severe cravings and that will not help you. Its the same as going "cold turkey" off a drug!!
You are better having small controlled amounts - especially of you are under stress from moving at this time - but maybe making small healthy changes can solve the problem.



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Hello MOBII. I understand what you mean about change. I really kick against ANY and ALL change in my world. Life is forever changing. Over the last two years my life has changed drastically. Almost none of those changes were initiated by me. Nevertheless, the changes are happening. I had a few people tell me that losing weight right now might not be a "good idea" for me due to the changes taking place in my life right now. BUT, I had to decide whether to keep on medicating myself with food and watching my general health decline, or make the necessary changes to improve my health and be physically able to deal with the changes that are still to come. I remember another time in my life when I had to face change. I was so afraid. I realized then that the FEAR of change was crippling me. At around the same time I heard this quote, and I have always remembered it whenever I am facing changes. Maybe you have heard it before.....but I tell you the power in these words made me face the change with a new attitude. The quote is: "You will remain the same until the PAIN of remaining the SAME is greater than the pain of CHANGE."

With all of that said, I would make a list of everything I like to eat and see if there was a way to work it into my program. Weight loss shouldn't be about deprivation. Maybe you can make small changes until gradually you are eating healthier. I follow the Weight Watchers program and find that I don't really have to deprive myself of anything, it just becomes a matter of how much I want and how badly I want it. I hope this helps. emoticon

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2/4/13 3:40 P

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I think part of my struggle lately with eating is the fact that I liked my food how it was.

I have always had a hard time dealing with change in my routine and it seems that the more things are out of whack with getting ready to move...the more I am wanting to eat how I did before. I have found lots of recipes and things to eat that I like, but the more I try to change my eating habits right now, the worse my cravings are becoming for the old standbys.

So frustrated.

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Tracy, Illinois, CST

Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.

Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
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