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6/2/11 11:44 A

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good deal thanks

i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.


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6/2/11 11:38 A

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I am going to seriously consider this. Right now I am lunches pretty much taken care of lunch for the week (simple, but delicious home made hummus and pita/veggie sandwiches) and most of the recipes I am finding serve 4, which means we have two dinners from one cooking session. We also started getting our groceries delivered form FreshDirect.com--a great service here in the city. The produce is amazing, the prices are normal (for NYC) compared to traditional grocery stores, and the deliver is $5.99 no matter how much you order (and there are almost always deals and specials). The greatest thing is you can search their THOUSANDS of recipes, click what you want to try out, and it populates your grocery order list for you and emails you the recipe the day your groceries are delivered.

I should definitely make some pasta sauce, soups and other freeze-ables to have on hand though--great idea!

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6/2/11 11:33 A

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Wow! Thanks all! Still going strong. I began this whole endeavor by doing the master cleanse for 6 days. Not to lose weight (which, come on, when you're not eating you will always lose eight--temporarily at least), but to give my digestive system a break and get it (and my mind) ready to start on a new path.

Since the cleanse and since I've been cooking my own food (after the salmon I made a chicken/zucchini/feta/lemon dish that ROCKED!), doing cardio and began a moderate strength training plan, my energy and mood are way up. And I am seeing some results already. And while I have lost 11 pounds in 16 days. Of course much of that is from the cleanse, which I don't expect to be permanent. I hope to get to the point where I am losing about 2 pounds per week--right now I recognize that my loss is a bit rapid/extreme.

Oh, did I mention that I haven't smoked in 16 days either? (Patting myself on the back.) I know, I know, I am not very good at the moderation thing (in most aspects of my life). It's either ALL healthy or ALL not, but I do know that I will be able to keep up with this one. My boyfriend says we are "dieting," but I don't really see it as that. I see it as getting back to knowing what the heck I am putting into my body, enjoying eating more than I did before, and rediscovering my love for cooking.

Anyway..blah, blah, blah. Thanks for the encouragement all--and same to YOU!

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5/30/11 8:17 P

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Welcome!! You will (both) find lots of great ideas and encouragement on this site. Personally, I have been VERY pleasantly surprised at how much I LOVE cooking now! Even if it is just for me :) there are TONS of quick and tasty recipes on Spark Recipes (and other sites). It is actually addictive! lol! Enjoy your changes! One day at a time :)

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5/30/11 1:56 P

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Ooooh....those both sound delicious! emoticon

It can take time to prepare food but if you can set aside some time once a week to prepare larger batches of your favorites then you can freeze servings for later lunches or dinners. For us, batch cooking is a time AND money saver but I understand in your part of the country it might be different. However, it really is worth the investment in your health especially when your energy levels start to go up. Good luck and let us know how you're doing with your plan. emoticon

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5/30/11 11:47 A

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good luck to you emoticon

i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.


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5/30/11 11:14 A

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Good for you! You have chosen THE healthiest diet possible. The Mediterranean diet is a very healthy balanced diet especially for your heart.

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5/30/11 10:47 A

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Best of luck to you both. Your dishes last evening sound delicious!

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5/30/11 10:44 A

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I live in NYC with my boyfriend--we are both extremely busy professioanls. Ordering out is not only very easy, but often cheaper than getting groceries and preparing our own food. The result? 1 year of eating absolute crap (our "delivery neighborhood" has very little in terms of healthy selection for delivery) and I now technically classify as overweight (based on BMI). I have NEVER been overweight! But worse is taht I just don't feel healthy--I'm lethargic, and every time I eat (which means crappy food), I want to take a 2 hour nap immediately. Plus I just turned 31 and want to get things in order while my metabolism is on my side. I also want to do this in the healthiest and more reasonable/sustainable way. I love mediterranean food, so I am going to focus my cooking (which I do actually love to do) to that "diet." Have already made my own hummus for the first time (which I spread into whole wheat pita bread, along with in season veggies), and last night I made salmon with warm lentils and balsamic essence--it was awesome!

Wish us luck!

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