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WOW 5 lbs is a lot Good Luck

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Starting Week #2 with a chicken soup filled with fresh veggies emoticon

Yesterday had a salad at lunch and spinach at dinner.

I really do like vegetables I just don't like cooking emoticon


@@@@@ My weigh loss goal for October is 5 pounds @@@@@

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easy for me. do this almost always

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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starting week 2. i forgot about my challenge and gave up. i looked at week 1 again and found that i'm not eating within my calories. now i have to get in fruits and veggies. that's going to be hard for me. i am not really good at eating healthy anymore lol.

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I love fruit and veggies so that part is easy. I'm having a craving for greens and tobasco so I'm adding that to my dinner tonight!

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Today is the start of Week 2. All is going well. Getting number of calories in is still a challenge that I am working on each day.
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Starting week 2, getting in my fruit and veggies daily will be a challenge, will have to plan meals better.

Have a great week





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Mid-week 2~ not doing as well as I like with the freggies, managing at least 3, have hit 5 only once so far! I'm going shopping tomorrow and planning on stocking up! emoticon

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Starting week 2. Loving the veggies and especially the fruit. Wasn't eating nearly enough, wasn't even buying them because no one else in the house would eat them. So, this time I stocked up for me and am loving it. I'm consciously cooking with less meat and more veggies. The attitude: I'm getting me healthy and by proxy they are too because I'm doing the cooking and if they want to eat....

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. -- Goethe


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I had my 5 servings of fruits/veggies yesterday....and did my am exercise routine both yesterday and today! Met 2 of 3 daily goals.....I did eat a little standing up, but not as much as usual!

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Starting week two! I love veggies so this is a great goal for me! I definitely haven't been eating enough.

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I will do my best with the freggies~ this has always been a challenge for me! emoticon emoticon

God is good- no matter what!


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I went to the Farmer's market and got lots of fresh produce. I plan to make a big batch of homemade vegetable soup and freeze a few containers so I can enjoy those fresh veggies longer.

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Today starts week 2 for me!! I did great the first week. emoticon Then I got real busy and dropped out of site. Now back to me. emoticon

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very difficult to eat 5 servings of veggie. I need to extend this week. will start from 2 servings /day

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How is everyone doing? emoticon

My Week 2 ends tomorrow..

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entering week 2. Must remember to eat veggies.

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emoticon Hi Everyone!

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I have no issue with fruits and veggies. I pack baby carrots each day for my lunch. I buy prewashed salad mix to make it easier. I spurge on fresh berries and those bags of veggies that I just throw in the microwave.

Tip: Marinara sauce makes any veggie taste better. I use it on broccoli and cabbage that has been in the fridge too long.

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Tried fresh asparagus for the first time. It's good emoticon

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So I really don't like many veggies, but l like corn on cob or cream corn and I will eat salads sometimes otherwise I seem to eat more fruit than anything. I'm losing weight with my exercise and food choices this time at least.

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veggies here I go, I am still under my calorie intake, but I am eating more fruit Now this week I will include veggies

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Starting week two ! I love veggies so I hope this will be easy !

"everyone is made out of the same cloth ,its up to you if your the table cloth or the dish rag" Patti LaBelle


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This has been one of my goals and I haven't been meeting it. Perhaps this is the week!

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were going to live forever.

It is health that is real wealth, not pieces of gold and silver.


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starting week two. good luck to me emoticon

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Eat your veggies!

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Starting week 2 today. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Little by little, step by step, day by day.


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Just starting week 2. Week 1 was great I wasn't sure if I could get in all those veggies but it wasn't hard at all. Tried some new recipies too!

Edited by: SUEARNOLD1 at: 5/3/2014 (13:20)
On my way to a healthier life.

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I made a LOT of progress with week 1. I think I found my calorie range. That was helpful to adjust it on SP nutrition tracker so I always thought that I was under range when I really was not. I like this week 2 challenge already. I make a lot of fruit smoothies (going to look into protein shakes/supplements because I am a vegetarian).

We've been buying salads from Costco and have a salad with every meal topped with cucumbers, onions, tomatoes which has really increased our veggie intake as a family. Baked potatoes are a favorite with my family and we use greek yogurt (fage is the brand we use) instead of sour cream and we can't tell a difference. Switched to smartbalance butter.

We used egg whites now and mix it with salsa.

We keep baby carrots on hand for road trips and for snacks. It is working well!

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emoticon Week 2 is going great!!!!!!! Track, Track, Tracking the food!!!

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Well this will be my week 2 and I must admit I will have to work at this. Eating my veggies. I do at times but I need to be consistent. I am learning to use or prepare veggies in another way beside sauteing them. Forward............... emoticon .

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WHEREFORE, SEEING WE ALSO ARE CARE COMPASSED ABOUT WITH SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, LET US LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND SIN WHICH DOES SO EASILY BESET US, AND LET US RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US.

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This is a great site. I am thrilled to be back tracking my nutrition and fitness regularly - it makes a big difference. I have been following the meal plans and substituting where necessary and it is working. I feel better and I know that I am making the right choices! Hurray Spark! emoticon Way to go RNSALLY - sometimes we need to change our outlook - sounds like you are headed in the right direction!

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Getting all the veggies is a conscious workout for me! I can get fruits okay. My husband doesn't eat a lot of veggies so don't like to fuss with cooking for just me; going to change that outlook this week. Last week I quickly looked over the meal planner but didn't go back to it; today I spent more time really looking at the suggestions for week 1 and 2 and was blown away by the variety and tasty looking suggestions. This week I will incorporate some of those suggestions. I love this website. For the first time in my MANY years and attempts at losing and keeping off weight I truly believe I will be successful this time thanks to SP.

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I am making good headway on getting all my fruits and veggies in this week! Hooray! Have a wonderful day all! emoticon emoticon

Keep your head up and keep moving!


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Veggies and fruit are never a problem for me, meat is my problem. You can only eat so much beans and tofu. This week is easy peasy.

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Hurray for all of us starting Week 2 and/or continuing Week 2. Conscious eating is what I am working on - enjoying each food and not just inhaling it and wondering if I liked anything I just ate. It seems to be working - simple meals for me and eating more slowly! Yea us! emoticon

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I am starting week 2 today, too! Looking forward to more fruit and vegetables!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Started Week 2 today - I love all kinds of fruits and veggies. I am using the Spark People meal plans and that really helps me get my fruits and veggies in - even if I trade out for other than what is on the plan - just depends on what I have on hand. Week 1 went very well for me - it is good to be back on Spark and tracking. Now, to track my fitness - although this past week sort of biffed - tomorrow starts a new week of mileage for me toward my Niagara Falls 1/2 Marathon the beginning of June! I want to feel more fit and this is helping me get there. I was browsing the comments and was reminded of a smoothie I like - kale, cucumber, celery, banana and blueberries - I add almond milk or coconut water - YUM! emoticon emoticon

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Columbine2: I feel the same way about spinach. I'm eating a bundle of spinach every day. It's all good for me so I don't complain. A serving can vary depending on what vegetable you are eating. I enter the vegetable I plan to eat into my tracker and it lets me know how much I need to eat to equal one serving. To help me get enough vegetables I make an avocado or chick pea (humus) puree with some garlic and onion powder (using fresh is better though) and fresh herb if I have some and spread that on a thin cracker for planned snacks with a carrot or celery stick. I put kale and spinach into almost every casserole or stew or soup I make to give it added nutrients. If you are having problems finding ways to get enough vegetables I find making up a batch of vegetable soup helps me control the salt and fat and the flavors are more enjoyable than canned soups. If I'm lacking protein I can just add some leftover chicken or beef to my soup. I practically live on soups and salads now and you can change the flavor profile by adding different spices (I experiment a lot with this item recently discovering ground Sumac), for an Italian, South American, Indonesian or an Indian flavor. I recently watched a documentary where they compared two army companies with one group eating a regularly cooked meal of meat, potatoes, and vegetables, while a second ate the same food containing all the same nutrients and calories but prepared into a soup form. After eating both teams went out for drill and training as normal. The team that ate the food cooked the normal regular way mentioned that around 3 pm. they began to feel hungry. The team that ate the soup reported that at 5 pm. they still did not feel the need to eat. Kind of makes you think how much better our diets would be if we all would take the time to prepare (from scratch ourselves) at least one soup for lunch each day.
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I wonder if I misunderstood the assignment. My interpretation was that we should attempt to include 5 servings of veggies (1 serving of carrots is a cup, etc. or a cup of lettuce or a small apple). Cooked veggies would be smaller (1/2 cup of broccoli, etc.)

Could someone clarify this for me? It seems I'm eating carrots, celery, etc. all day! I think I feel rabbit ears growing on my head, but if it'll help me lose weight..I'll do it!

"If the problem isn't hunger, then food isn't the solution."

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I just love veggies and have no problem getting them in at all. It's a little harder to eat fruit everyday.

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like a lot of vegetables so this one isn't too hard for me. I just use at lest 3 in my morning omelette. usually lettuce with lunch and one veg at dinner. I works for me to get 5 in a day. keep trying you can do it.

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I find smoothies are a great way to get in the vegetables. I make smoothies with kale, cucumber, celery, spinach (4 vegs); and frozen blueberries and 1/2 banana (2 fruits). So that's already 6 servings. Smoothies are a great way to try different vegetables. I also make a lot of vegetarian soups.

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I'm sticking with this week's challenge again to get the 5 veggies. V-8 plugs up my G-I system, so can't just load up on that. It's a challenge for me...but I know itll be an improvement once I get the hang of it!

"If the problem isn't hunger, then food isn't the solution."

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I have been doing great getting at least 5 veggies and 2 fruit a day (up from 4 or 5 total). I have been having stomach aches since I made this change. Anyone else having a tummy reaction to extra veggies or is it just me?

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Good thing I like tomato juice, as some days I find it hard to get passed 4 veggies not counting
juice.

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No legumes are legumes.
This week will be the easiest for me!! It's a small challenge to eat 5 servings a day so I stock up on v8 and get 2 servings in one cup. Easy! I love veggies!!

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Can we count beans or lentils as a veggie? Since they are legumes I have never added them to my veggie list. To get my veggies in I have added a serving to my eggs in the morning (yuck!) and a serving to my wrap at lunch (yum). In the afternoon I was going to have a serving as a snack but I was sidetracked by hungry children and had something less healthy.

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Found a great recipe for spicy lentil soup.

25 oz bag of red split lentils (green will do but red is better) washed and drained.
1 1/2 pints water
1/2 tsp ground Turmeric
salt to taste
1 inch fresh ginger peeled and chopped
1 tbsp. fennel seeds
1/2 tbsp. Cardoman
3 bay leaves
1 Tsp mace1 tbsp. Coreandor
2 mild green chilies seeded and chopped
Add any fresh veggies you prefer. I added the following.
1 turnip chopped
1 Rutabaga chopped
Carrots, celery, onions, cabbage, red bell peppers all chopped
I even added a 1/2 bag of left over romaine lettuce
Place in large crock pot and cook on med all day
I have been eating 1 bowl a day. This will also act as a cleanse be careful of the amount you eat.


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Golfmomma, I am glad that you posted that point! I didn't notice that it was 5 veggies (not fruit and veggies), That is going to be difficult this week. I have managed to get 6 fruit and veggies a day for the last three days but probably no more than 3 a day were veggies.

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5 veggies a day is a lot harder than 5 fruit or veg. I am on my way to veggie market to find something new.

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2/24/14 1:00 P

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It has been a little difficult for me to get in the 5 fruits/veggies. I have found that what works for me is to make sure I am eating a fruit or veggie with each meal/snack. I finally am on track with that!!

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I am half way through the second week and ate very little on Sunday due to a migraine. I think I will sign myself an excuse for that day. LOL Anyway, I find it difficult to try new fresh vegetables in the rural area where we live. So, I think the new recipe thing would be a better thing for me to try. I made the chicken salsa for the first time on Saturday. I know it is mostly chicken, but it called for four different kinds of vegetables and it was new to me. Thinking about doing a baked carrot dish for supper. Have you noticed that some veggies have a half cup for a serving and some have a cup? Sometimes a little hard to keep track of.

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I'm doing week 2 again - started the week last week really well and kind of ran out of steam...

will do better this week - I'm starting working from an office so am taking all my lunch in bagged up and weighed out ready :)

going to be a good week

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2/8/14 7:13 A

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I am just starting week 2. I really want to try different veggies. I am getting a bit tired of salad. I love spaghetti squash and acorn squash. I am going to the grocery store today to try something different.

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2/4/14 3:18 P

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I made it though week two with the help of green giant single servings. I love eating them with lunch and dinner. I like to grab a bag of veggies on my way out the door and while watching TV. I prepare them after heading to the store.

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Veggie week! emoticon You'd think this would be easy now that I'm retired and no longer brown bagging lunch.Getting my veggies was easier when I packed my lunch every day. Fresh, crunchy veggies were standard fair for lunch and snack. Now that I eat every meal at home with a hubby who avoids vegetables unless they are part of the main dish, it's more of a challenge. I'll do a little of both -- stash some pre-sliced veggie bags in the fridge for my snacks and find some new, exciting ways to include veggies with the entrees for dinner.

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