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6/27/13 12:21 P

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When you go shopping try to do what they call a perimeter trip around the store, hitting fruits and veggies, meat, dairy, frozen foods,and whole grains. ONLY go down the aisles that you know have something you NEED - I literally never go down the chips aisle - I know there will be too much temptations for me. I use very few packaged food products. I prefer frozen veggie but will occasionally go down the canned fruit and veggie aisles. Also, looking up and way down on the shelves can get you both healthier foods and a bargain because those are the items they put in places that are more difficult to see. This may take some getting used to but can really help because you don't see the things you want to avoid.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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6/27/13 12:13 P

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CARRIE - - Stick to the outside aisles of the grocery store!!!! Mainly junk food is in the center aisles and/or things loaded with sodium.

I've noticed that you have not set up your Spark Page yet. I'd advise you to do so. Go to My Trackers and scroll down to My Spark Points. On the right hand side of the page you'll see Site Quick Links. The second one down is My SparkPage. Follow that and you'll be all set up.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them of any of us and we'll be more that happy to help you plus we'll encourage you along your journey.

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6/27/13 10:39 A

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This is exactly what I do - I "test" out different things on hand and see if I can have this, that, the other thing before actually eating it. It makes it really easy to stick to my choices because I know exactly what I'm having and it won't sabotage my efforts. It also helps me to plan things out, which I'm also terrible with.

My husband and I are going to the grocery store this weekend and we're looking forward to trying out the shopping lists that are included with the SparkRecipes portion of the site. We have a bad habit of going up and down EVERY SINGLE AISLE at the store and, of course, this habit gets us to buy way more than what we need, and adds a lot of junk food that we don't either need OR want. Following the shopping lists will put paid to THAT.



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6/27/13 10:18 A

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I hope this will help you - it really helps me because I can tweak both when I am entering and then after I eat if I don't stick to the plan. Keep in mind that it is IMPORTANT not to feel guilty or beat yourself up over the times you don't PERFECTLY stick to the plan - sometimes circumstances get in the way - but I am a firm believer that even a BAD plan is better than NO PLAN. It allows you to make better informed adjustments to your eating plan. If you KNOW you PLANNED a 400 calorie dinner, but suddenly you are not having THAT dinner (someone might invite you out or you might be too tired to make that particular meal) you can then make some substitutions and at least stay CLOSE to that original amount - the end result is even if you go OVER your calories, it is likely to be LESS over than if you had no idea how many you originally planned.

It is indeed a small world - my BA and MS are both in psychology and I was ABD for a PhD in Developmental Psychology when I moved to be closer to my father who had recently become widowed. It was then I went into teaching students with special needs - a far cry from the adjunct professorships and teaching I was doing at three colleges.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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WEGENERCS's Photo WEGENERCS SparkPoints: (76,237)
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6/27/13 8:54 A

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Hey, Nancy, decided to give your strategy a try. The one about entering meals you have planned into the food tracker before you actually eat them. Then tweaking when you make changes. That would confront me on two fronts. What meals I have planned, and when I have to change them for whatever reason. Would encourage me to stick to the plan better. Will give that a try starting Sunday, so I can figure out a menu. Planning meals ahead is not a personal strength, so this will require some effort!

Also did not know you are a special needs teacher. I am a retired school psychologist. Small world!

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6/26/13 10:53 A

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and encouragement!

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6/25/13 10:51 A

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It really helped me to put my plans for what I am going to eat into the tracker at the beginning of the day - then make whatever adjustments I need to in order to balance it things out BEFORE I EAT, and then if I eat something different, I change it at the end of the day. That way, I do the tracking twice a day - one with what I planned and I can experiment with such things as "what if I swap a baked sweet potato for the pasta?" or "What can I eat that will have more fiber?" or "Oh dear, I am way over on the carbs, maybe I should skip the second slice of bread on the sandwich, or have a salad instead of a sandwich."

It really helped me a lot especially at the beginning when I was learning what was what.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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6/25/13 8:54 A

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Good morning everyone. Don't know how this will work for you, but at first I tried to track what I ate as I went through the day. Now I do it at least once a day, so I don't forget. Generally 2/day. Others use another strategy by entering their meals beforehand which really show they thought about their daily meals. Then they tweak when changes occurred. Whatever works for you is the way to go, as long as you do it. Have a good one!

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6/24/13 2:50 P

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Thank you all and I am not good about checking in but I am going to try and do better. I thought I did my start page but I will take a look later. Thank you for all the encouragement and the same to all of you!

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6/24/13 11:59 A

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ZIMMOM - - Good starting goals!!! I've noticed that you haven't done your Spark Page. I would advise you to do so. Go to My Trackers and scroll down to Quick Links on the right hand side of the page. Click on Spark Page and go fro there. On that site there is a place where others can "Friend" you, send you Spark Goodies, share pics, etc etc. It's a great site for you. Be sure you have your 3 meals a day and 2-3 snacks per day while staying within your calorie allowance. Your last snack can be as late as you need it to be as long as you are within your calorie range (unless, of course, your BS is low and then you might need an extra snack). This will help you to not only keep your BS even but also will help your metabolism!! emoticon and together emoticon

Good luck to you! Have fun and enjoy your journey!!

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CAROLYN145 Posts: 12
6/24/13 11:45 A

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Good Luck! I am just starting week 1 too!

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6/24/13 11:30 A

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Welcome

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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ZIMMMOM Posts: 13
6/24/13 11:17 A

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Goals:
Get outside each day for some exercise.
Track what I eat each day.
Drink more water.

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