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PSYCHOBABBLE42's Photo PSYCHOBABBLE42 SparkPoints: (908)
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3/24/12 10:33 A

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The book says to eat the lower calorie fruits and veges, and that is a great idea, but I just wanted to throw in that I work at a hospital that has one of those expensive programs that this book imitates at much lower cost. I have a co-worker who did the expensive hospital program of 3 shakes, 2 meals, and fruits/veges (had to buy their food) and went from a size 14 (she gave me her clothes as she lost weight lol...i tell her I got her fat clothes) to a size 6. Just the other day I asked if she counted servings of fruits and veges and she said no, she just made sure to have them at every meal and snack...keep in mind things like salads are usually more than one vege serving, for instance. If you eat them when you're supposed to you really can get away without counting those even. So anyway...the whole point of this post is that I really was surprised when she said she lost all that weight with eating 2 bananas per day!! Bananas are 100 calories each! If she can lose with that extra 200 calories, why am I being so obsessive? I do keep my fruits to 1 serving per day, but don't worry about how much veges I eat, I fill up on those. I do use the lower calorie veges: lettuce, cucumber, a little bit of carrots, celery, etc. I don't go for beans in salad, although I'm looking forward to adding things like black beans back in when I reach maintenance. There are healthy things out there that we just can't eat right now that I look forward to adding back in when we can have more calories. I rambled!!!

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3/24/12 8:43 A

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Yes I track all my food & exercise here. After years of dieting I am finding the best way for me is this plan but I am more successful when I things in black and white in front of me. I like to know where I am sitting for calories so that if I have a slow down or stall I can see if it is my calories causing the problem.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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3/24/12 3:25 A

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NDHUNTRESS ~ When you say you track everything on spark, do you literally track what meal you ate, what fruit/veggie, what shake, etc? I've been thinking about using the tracking on here, but I'm not sure how into it I want to get. I'm thinking that might weigh (haha) me down and I won't wanna do it, but I'm afraid if I don't and I hit a snag I won't know what is causing the snag. And now that I'm typing this out to ask, I think I'm overthinking things again. lol

Running to the refrigerator is not considered exercise.

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday!


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3/23/12 10:01 P

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I really love the Keep it Simple that is possible with this plan.

The ability of just having to track how many shakes, entrees and serving of Fruit Veggies can be quiet freeing. I track everything here on Spark but mainly so I can see it and make changes if I feel the numbers are not doing what I want them too. I am a little OCD sometimes but I am working on that.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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3/23/12 5:28 P

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MSUSRIVER -- I never even noticed the Splenda thread... but it goes to show that great minds think alike emoticon and great dieters support each other!



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PSYCHOBABBLE42's Photo PSYCHOBABBLE42 SparkPoints: (908)
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3/23/12 5:07 P

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I totally agree with keeping this diet simple. I bought a book and wrote down everything I ate along with the number of calories, carbs, and fat grams and got a bit consumed by it. It was cumbersome, but I'd also be upset and feel like i failed if I had 1200 calories in a day instead of 800-900. Ridiculous. I'm off plan right now, we've had company since Tuesday night and they have taken us out to eat every night. It only occurred to me TODAY (3 days into this visit) that I could have been staying on plan during the day and only having one calorie buster meal per day, but no, I went completely off! They leave tomorrow morning, btw. Anyway, maybe a break was good, when I get back on I'm not going to count anything but the number of shakes and entrees. And if an extra shake or entree is okay, then obviously an extra 100-200 calories per day is okay, too. Not going to stress this time.

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3/23/12 4:13 P

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I agree with you 100%. We have some similar comments under "Splenda?" (It sort of became a bigger conversation than just about Spenda!)
I agree that the simplicity of the diet does free your mind and time to enjoy life more.......not be obsessed with everything about food choices, cooking, etc..

I am reading and rereading the book which I got in the mail a few days ago and decided to remove all other diet related materials from my everyday life, also avoid it on internet, TV.

I bought some minimal office supplies today so I can put all my Simple Diet stuff together and keep records. Also bought some different foods to try.

Not officially proceeding with it yet til I have figured out to handle the obstacles that I know will come up. I know what has derailed me in all past efforts and I want to have a plan!



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3/23/12 3:25 P

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I can simplify my life and lighten my burdens by deciding realistically what I want to do and what I have time to do. (~_^)


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3/23/12 1:57 P

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I found one of my downfalls in the past in dieting and other areas of life has been overthinking the simple things! As soon as I read this plan I knew this had great potential... but it could only work if I work at it. I lost 11 lbs in the first 2 weeks... then hit an obstacle and was so off plan and gained back 3 lbs. But I am so determined to lose weight this year that I just won't let any setback knock me out of the game. I just got back to basics as soon as possible and started losing again.

I've been on too many diets in my life and my brain goes into diet thinking... calories, fat. carbs, points, good foods vs bad foods, fat free vs lowfat etc etc etc This time I really am tying to keep it SIMPLE! Although I track my food intake on sparkpeople I don't like to look at the calories or carbs etc. I just try to focus on the basics of the plan 2 entrees, 3 shakes 5 fruits/vegs and lots of water and exercise. For me this is working and in some ways freeing my mind. I keep my freezer stocked with variety that meets the guidelines and have even started treating myself to things like fresh raspberries or pineapple or asparagus.

For the first time I am focused but not obsessive... and it feels good!!! I'm still pushing to get into the exercise habit but it's progressing!

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