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12/27/14 7:16 A

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Looks like we're not doing a whole lot of talking on the week 3 discussion! I'm off to a potluck with roasted carrots, might be a starchy veg but at least I know there will be one vegetable on the table. I had a 5 lb bag of carrots in the fridge and I refused!! to go to the store for one more holiday dish. Hard to plan my day's food when I don't know what's going to be there, but it is certainly time to get back on track.

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12/12/14 1:08 P

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Doing better, but I noticed there is a ton of pasta in my meal plans this week. I think that is due to trying to use up the stuff currently in my fridge. Tonight will be black bean enchiladas with peppers and onions and olives. I am considering grabbing some other veggies to put in there but am at a loss as to what I should or could stick in there. emoticon


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12/8/14 7:57 P

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This weekend was a bust for me. A two hour drive to pick up the girls and 2 hours back, and then 4 more hours of driving to drop them off and get home pretty much eats up the entire weekend. On top of all that the girls like nothing healthy so we went out for dinner. Excuses excuses! The biggest issue is that I have been feeling sick this weekend. I have not been eating much. What I have been eating is things like potatoes and bread just to help with the upset tummy. Anyone have any good suggestions for a veggie meal while sick?


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11/13/14 9:43 P

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Made a big batch of veggie soup last week with Morningstar Grillers and low sodium broth. Cooled it and bagged portions for the freezer. I've really been enjoying it this week (about every other day) with a big salad and sometimes fruit for dessert. Something else I've changed since signing up for this challenge is weighing just once a week. I think I was playing mind games with myself with the numbers each day. I am feeling really good with the fruit and veggies.

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11/11/14 12:55 P

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I found that one of the best ways to get in really "good-4-U" fiber is to either drink Metamucil on a daily basis or eat the Meta Fiber bars. I do the drink daily and I eat the bars for snacks when I get a sweet tooth.
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11/10/14 3:38 P

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I'm starting Week 3 today. I checked out the articles suggested and I am improving with my vegetables, liking eating cauliflower and carrots plus the occasional salad. I'm mixing strawberries that we picked and then froze into my greek yogurt. Fiber has always been an issue for me. I'm focusing on soups and stews for us this week, so I hope that adding some extra goodies to boost the fiber will help.

I'm recovering from a chest cold and have a diminished appetite, which is good I guess, but also have diminished energy for exercise, which is not so good.

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I keep the Metamucil Fiber bars sitting in a jar where I can see them. They help fill me up!
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10/30/14 3:02 A

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Yes. I keep a box of Metamucil cookies on the shelf. Just one has 50 Kal. I use it as an occasional "cookie". More benefits than a regular cookie....which are too sweet for my vegetable focused palette now!!!!

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10/30/14 2:58 A

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Thank you for the feedback. Planning ahead is good to make note of. Something I actually hadn't thought about in reference to more fiber. I remember on the Fiber One Website they let you track combinations to get your daily fiber count. It was about a year ago. Tomorrow I will search it on SP search. emoticon

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Hi KERRY10231 you can get more fiber in by adding Metamucil's new Fiber Bars! They are delicious! I also take Metamucil daily to get more fiber.

Just a suggestion!
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10/14/14 10:49 A

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Starting week 3....need to focus on the fiber intake and continue with the extra Fruits & veggies. Planning ahead is going to be a big factor in making changes.

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10/9/14 1:52 A

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Hi LOVENHWOODS
I am on week three as well.! Maybe you can look at the challenges and suggest a few on the Forum disscussion. This is my first challenge. For me it made the whole process so much more engaging and enjoyable. There are a lot of nice people in this group, maybe Rebecky could start a new Team for the individuals that want to move forward staying together? Is that possible Rebecky? How do groups get started?







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10/9/14 1:44 A

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Greetings,
I have been following the Healthy Hearts Food Plan given here on SP. I have not had any problem meeting the week 2 segment. I am going to committ to increasing the fiber. I keep a box of Metamucil Fiber Bars (2cookies=100K). I will eat a 1/2 of one cookie as a treat with coffee on occasion. Maybe once every 10 days or so. This is one area I haven't tracked. I have a passion for steamed snap beans tossed with salt, pepper, and 1/2 pat of butter. That is my go to for YUM! But I have not tracked vegetables and fiber.
I may have to take mine into next week to get a full 7 days. My goals are to 99% of my food unprocessed (except the cookie), i.e., it can't come out of a box. Fresh food from the grocer only. It appears to be working. This is the beginning of my third month of lifestyle change. I have finally started wanting something sweet. I am using Stevia basically unless I had a dash of cinnamon sugar on fresh fruit medleys. I am open for suggestions on how to get more sweets but not sugar in my diet, like pineapple and yogurt.



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Stay with us as long as you want! You don't have to quit! I'm so happy you are enjoying it!

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9/23/14 7:10 A

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I started week 3 of the challenge yesterday...half way complete! Don’t want it to end...it’s too much FUN!! emoticon
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My Week 3 is just beginning this morning! I'm doing well so far! I just finished reading all the articles presented to Boost my Filling Power & Fuel my Body with Whole Foods. I realize that I have been eating this way all along. It seems that my problem has always been just trying to get in all the required calories that my body is needing to keep it's metabolism up and running to burn fat! I'm working on that!

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protein is my problem child. I'm not a fan of meat in general although I can't call myself vegetarian nor vegan. Tired of the protein shakes. Tofu doesn't get cooked - no one wants it. Cheese is dangerous. Did increase, and continue to increase, veggies and fruits.

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Starting week 3 by focusing on filling up on veggies, getting enough protein, and fiber. I am doing pretty good. Also, focusing on tracking and measuring food. This has really helped with portion control. I have been eating 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks – usually veggies, fruit, + protein such as yogurt, nuts or turkey sticks.

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Starting week 3-focusing on filling up on freggies, getting enough protein and fiber.

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I’m on my 6th day of Week 3. WOW! Its gone by so fast!! I’ve accomplished a lot of my goals for this week, but I don’t think I will get all of them done. Maybe I’ll carry over a few into next week. I had a great game going with a friend for this challenge. Unfortunately, she has had some things come up in her life & has had to stop. It just wasn’t as much fun without her! But I decided today that I really want to finish this challenge strong & earn my trophy!

So here is my breakdown of Week 3:
emoticon Boost Your Filling Power: Try/Make Two Foods from the
emoticon Food 1 – Strawberries – These have been my go to breakfast lately. I eat about ½ cup along with a TB of Nutella. 80 cals & a chocolate fix to boot! I ate them today & plan to eat them tomorrow as part of my “fruit only til lunch” goal. emoticon emoticon Food 2- shrimp & salad on Sat at dinner. Very filling.

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350 Calorie Lunch – Mon evening – salad, turkey, zucchini & tea (my smaller meal is frequently in the evening) 400 Calorie Dinner – Sat dinner – steak, shrimp, salad, zucchini & tea

I read the fiber article. I set of goal of getting 20 g of fiber or more for 4 of the 7 days. I only did it on Fri & Tues. Last week, I had 5 days over 20 when I wasn’t counting emoticon

emoticon I read the article on healthy pre-packaged food. My personal goal was to add 3 items from “prepacked” list to menu (my plan - black beans, *oats, *frozen berries in smoothie, *bars - new at Publix or Special K, yogurt in smoothie, *tuna-not my usual, but would be good to get out of comfort zone!).
1 - I ate frozen berries in a non-dairy smoothie (recipe on this thread)
2 – tried a new protein bar at the grocery store yesterday. It was the chocolate chip Clif bar. It was ok. I only ate half of it. 3 – I just ate half a can of tuna on crackers as a snack. I sent the other half to work with hubby. I also sprinkled some oats on my sloppy joes today at lunch. I’m sure it didn’t do too much nutritionally, but at least I tried it & I really couldn’t tell it was even there. I may try that with some other foods.

Things I want to work on for Week 4:
2 days of 20 g of fiber or more
Eat 3 days of 7 freggies (this has been one of my personal goals even before the challenge. For 8 weeks it was 2 days a week, now I’ve upped it to 3!!)

I can’t wait to see what else is on the plan for Week 4 emoticon emoticon


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That "non dairy" smoothie sounds delicious!!
Thanks for sharing!!
I think I have some Crystal Light strawberry "drink". I may try that!

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For a cool refreshing slushie drink, I tried Minute Maid's lite pink lemonade (1 cup) blended with 5 or 6 frozen strawberries! emoticon

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Tracking for the past 3 weeks ... on paper. Weekends I can do better, but I'm making progress. My favorite Lunch (or dinner) is a Romain Salad; low in fat, and plenty in protein and fiber.
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I try to do smoothies for breakfast - this way I get at least 2-3 (sometimes 4) servings of veggies. This morning it was spinach, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon.

Have a great day everyone!

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I'm tracking my food and trying to eat more fruits and veggies. Today we grilled beef kebobs and grilled onions, mushrooms, red peppers and zucchini. It was tasty and very filling.

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I am getting good at tracking the food, and the portion size. I am eating three small meals sometime when I am really busy I forget to eat breakfast and lunch. But when I get home I now notice that I eat lots of fruits and fresh vegetables but before I would stop at the corner store and grab junk foods to fill up before supper time. and I also have 2 healthy snacks.
I am getting use to eating more vegetables and fruits now. I can proudly say I am loving my new healthy progress.

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I am doing pretty good. Tracking and measuring food. Portion control has been a big lesson for me.

I am eating 3 meals and 2 snacks.

My newest tasty snack is 6 townhouse pita crackers 2 tablespoons roasted red pepper humus spread on each cracker topped off with a slice of cucumber. 127 calories and very refreshing, tasty and filling. I have this in the afternoon to keep me going until dinner.

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I'm doing better with my veggies and fruits. emoticon
3 small meals and two small snacks keep my feeling fine. emoticon

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Sounds like a yummy snack. I love strawberries. I got 50 plants to try and grow my own this summer, I hope it works.

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I love the lessons from Week 3 - eat MORE (woohoo!) food, with fewer calories. Okay, I'm sold. The very act of eating more has made me a lot more comfortable with making these changes permanent. I still find it funny that I can pack my food each night for work the next day, and there are SO many foods incorporated in my bag. I feel almost like I am getting away with something!

My favorite go-to snack has to be 2 cups iceberg lettuce & 12 sliced strawberries tossed in a mix of 1 tsp olive oil/1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (red apple is my favorite!). I could eat this all day! (You know what? It'd be ok if I did! I'm looking at 180 calories for the entire thing!)

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I have to have my protein and fruit and veggies! I crave it!!!

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I could not make it without veggies and protein together. Meat in my salad, cream cheese on celery, hummus and cut up veggies. There are lots of good ways to add more veggies and fruit but still have protein, fat, and carbs to keep you full.

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Yes, but maybe not enough protein? Didn't think of that. Thank you. emoticon

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Do you eat protein with them?

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Fruits & vegetables are supposed to be filling, but they don't seem to be for me. emoticon emoticon Might need to eat more of 'em than recommended?

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I added a fruit to my dinner as well. I find it replaces the desert craving and gets me another serving for the day.

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Ate lunch at around 2 p.m. Just had a BUNCH of vegetables with lunch, and had orange juice with breakfast. Gotta make this more of a habit (even though it's difficult). Let's see how long my stomach can stay full...

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This is my last day of week 3. I'm learning a lot more about nutrition.
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I just starting week 3 but stay full after lunch. I will eat large navel orange for a snack. Also is part of my fiber everyday and a spring mix salad at dinner!

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Just beginning this week 3...we see how it goes............

WHEN YOU SIT TO EAT WITH A RULER, CONSIDER DILIGENTLY WHAT IS BEFORE YOU.

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Week 3: Seem to be gaining and losing the same pound over and over again! But I'm sticking with the program. Thanks to SP I am learning to focus on changing my life for the better and not just what the scale says!

Love the calendar suggestions for meals variety and snack ideas.

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Week 3 Action Plan

Boost your filling power.
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Wow. More water based foods;-) I am trying that. I have been struggling with hunger this week because I am crunching those calorie numbers;-) This helped.FIBER: Yes. This helps a LOT! We only buy whole grain now. LEAN PROTEIN: I am a vegetarian so I eat a lot of beans and legumes and almonds for this;-). FAT: I kicked out miracle whip for mustard;-)
When you count calories...this helps!
Fuel your body with whole foods.
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GREAT article. Great reminder to read labels and understand what you are choosing when you eat out at a restaurant!


I have been keeping my calories under 1200 this week by using some of these tips already, but some are new and will help me stay on track! I CAN DO IT!

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The water does that to me too. I have increased to 80 to 100 oz per day but I go a lot.

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totally agree drinking 8 glasses of water a day has me going every three hours. I have gallon jug in refrigerator and I make sure I use it up everyday. I even get up every 3 hours at night.

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Hi everyone...hope you are all enjoying your challenges this week.
I did great with week one and two and this week looks to be just as good if I stay motivated and focused. I lost two lbs this week by making a few little changes.
I switched my cereals and breads for breakfast to higher fiber foods. My soups for lunch are all home made with squash and beans and rice or couscous in them. Dinner is usually a stew or casserole with plenty of vegetables included in it.
I have three planned snacks, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening an hour before bed. Theses snacks are usually something with calcium, like cottage cheese or yogurt with fresh fruit added or whole wheat fig bars. That way I get my fruit and dairy in every day as well.
My biggest struggle still is getting 8 glasses of water into me. I have a 3 cup water bottle that I fill up every morning but if I am having a busy day, by late afternoon I'm just finishing it and still have 4 more cups to drink before bed time. I used to drink tea but when I cut out the caffeine I stopped drinking as much. The only drink I have are milk, tomato juice and water now. I don't worry about my water so much because there is at least 1 cup of water in my lunch time soups. A busy afternoon I'll have one glass and then I'm trying to finish off my last three glasses after dinner quickly so I can go to the bathroom before bed and not need to get up. At my age I find I get up a lot more in the middle of the night if I am drinking so much. While shopping during the day if I remember my water bottle I can have to make a detour to the washrooms at each store we go into.

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To me HEALTH means Energy. Stamina. Flexibilty. A relatively pain free body. Enjoying healthy food. You are your body, and your weight loss efforts will succeed exactly to the extent that you mange to do the work on behalf of your embodied self. You’ll do much better when you focus on making positive changes to improve your health and well-being, rather than on fighting your bad habits.


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i am trying not to. I am pushing on.

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Sometimes we fluctuate. I bet next week you notice a change. Don't let it get you down.

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had slight weight gain even though I have been eating healthy so it was a big let down but I am not going to let it stop me from doing this. starting week 4 today and trucking on.

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To increase my water I drink it first thing in the morning. I can get 20 oz in before I know it. Then I carry it with me all day. I am getting almost 100 oz each day now.

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I can ditto that, most days I make a good choice, but not always, also, the water continues to be a struggle for me.

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I still need to work on eating slowly. I have been on SP long enough to judge calories and portions but still need to exercise good choices. I have to make the decision to eat veggies rather than poor carbs.

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I seem to go in spurts, great with healthy small meals and snacks and then many not eat at all day until dinner, need to get more regular!

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Ok, I just figured out that I don't have week 1 down yet! NOW I have nailed down my ideal calorie intake and the mini meals / snacks. MORE food/ LESS calories

I like to eat, I am always hungry. By planning the snacks / or making my meals closer together, I can eat when I get hungry, and I don't pig out on whatever my hand finds!

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I am doing really well at getting my veggies but the eating slowly is hard. I am getting there though.

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I've been getting my 5 + veggies, planning at least 1 healthy snack daily, and eating at least 1 salad or broth-based soup each day. I'm still working on eating mindfully and slowly. I'll stay on this one a bit longer.

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Tonya, you have the option to stay on any given week until you feel you get it down. Breaking goals down is so much easier for me. I did some weeks in 2 weeks to be sure I made the important changes suggested.

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This one was a little harder to nail down what to do. Last week was hard, but was very clear...5 veggies every day.
I've spent the last 3 days trying to figure out what to work on =) It's easier for me to be told what to do rather than having to make a choice!

I've decided to focus on Eat Slowly and Savor.
and adding more FIBER to my meals.
Also I'm trying to incorporate a soup or leafy salad into each meal...as a means of filling up regardless of my veggie count for the day!

Now that I've decided what to do, I'm going to give myself the full 7 days to make it a habit.

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I am finding it hard to eat enough to be in my cal. range eating mostly fruit and vegetables. I know my hunger is low because i am still getting over a cold that had me in bed for 2 days last week. I am enjoying not needing more food 'cause i know when I feel better the opposite will be true ! emoticon emoticon

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I am being mindful of eating fruits & veggies daily. Fruits are easier for me. But, I've found some yummy froz veggies that the whole family likes. I've also discovered that I really like baby carrots cooked. They taste good raw, and taste delish as cooked carrots, too! YAY, it's a win win! emoticon

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I like to find recipes that incorporate lots of veggies so I can eat a large volume but not break the calorie bank. I did find some yummy stuff.

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I have already been doing most of these things. I've been with sparkpeople since 2010. Both week 2 & 3 are easy; still having problems with week 1. eating between 1200-1700 calories. most of the time 14-1500. but can't find that happy spot. my happy spot seems to change every few days.

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I have incorporated most of these ideas into my diet already, so I'm trying to use this week to change things around so that I don't get stuck in a rut. And I've stretched the week into a second week to do it some more.

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most of the info articles we are to go to - says I already got the points .. so guess I have read almost everything .. surprising but been on sparks since 2006 ... it is good to read them again



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Feeling good about the challenge, still not really feeling "challenged" though. I follow the SP menus, so getting enough fruits/veggies and having healthy calorie wise meals is pretty easy, when someone else is planning your meals for you... hope week four continues to make me aware of the things I'm doing well!

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On week 3. I love the article showing the meals ! Really makes the point abut cooking for yourself!
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So glad you are getting something out of this challenge!

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I am a vegetarian so you would assume I eat lots of fruit and veg and I DO eat quite a lot but having fresh veg and fruit as snacks or adding them into breakfast, etc has made me realise how much more of these things I could and should be eating. I'm enjoying the healthy snacks and finding it fairly easy to keep within my calorie range. Loving this challenge!

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Doing well. Really enjoying having more whole foods and fruits and veggies in my diet. I'm staying satisfied and not craving anything.

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I found new veggies that I now love during this challenge. It is fun to try new things or just new ways of making them.

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Loving the fresh veggies!

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Really enjoying incorporating fresh fruit, vegetables and grains into meals. My three girls are really interested in trying new foods as well. I think they are more interested because they can actually see the change in me physically. My husband was laughing yesterday because 1 by 1 each one of my girls started working out with me. This has been one of my goals, to have my kids model my healthy behaviors. I am really enjoying this!! Thanks!!

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I'm starting to really see results this week. I'm sleeping better and just generally feel better. And I don't feel like I'm starving myself to get there either -- that's the best part of all!

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I had to go back to read over week 3 challenge instructions. I had started to incorporate them into my eating without realizing it. Now I can make them as goals:
1. Eat one serving of nuts daily--I add to my oatmeal at breakfast.
2. Drink 8 glasses water daily--I have to really think about this, keeping a jug of water with me to work on all day.
3. Start dinner with broth based soup or salad: I have had soup 2 evenings in a row. Must plan ahead and make a big pot. as many others have suggested, so it is in the frig already.
4. Eat legumes regularly: I made a pot of homemade great northern beans on Sat. using homemade stock with no salt. By adding vegies and spices to the beans they needed NO salt and tasted fantastic!
5. Eat whole grains instead of processed: I do get old fashioned oatmeal at breakfast but sometimes I have to use the processed rice and pasta I get from the Pantry for low income families. Whenever possible I pick the whole wheat bread, if it is an available choice. Fortunately, over the last 3 months there have been various vegies and fruits available.
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10/7/13
I have really enjoyed and benefited from the information in this challenge and would recommend to others. I posted a "Zucchini Pasta" (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-det
ail.asp?recipe=2585155) recipe with SP and we love it so much we are replacing many of our white pasta servings with it. Hope everyone is doing well.

10/4/13
The water recipe is still posted on the Dr. Oz website. I found it about ten days ago and have been using it. It is supposed to be a fat flush recipe. They also have some good tips and recipes with it. I lost 3 pounds in one week, but I have been doing other things too. I bought a Jillian Michaels 14 day cleanse and burn jumpstart your weightloss kit at the same time and have been exercising daily. Once I'm through with the cleanse and burn kit it will be easier to see how the water is working. When I lost weight in the past I only lost a pound a week at most.
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When we were out in Seattle I went to my favorite pho restaurant. I love pho! When we got back a friend of mine brought me some pho starter and I made a heaping bowlful of the goodness. What a great way to get my veggies. I only have enough to make one more big bowl. Now I will have to travel 100 miles to go get more of the starter, but when I do I'll buy a case of it. Should be great for the winter months. I swear it helped me get over my cold.

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I will have to try that!

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Hi,
Saw the facebook page on water from Dr Oz, Love him. I have been doing the furit water thing for a while now. emoticon emoticon emoticon too

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I'm doing pretty well. Have always liked all kinds of vegetables and only drink water and coffee and tea. A suggestion came in on my facebook page about water from Dr. Oz show. It had slices of lime, lemon, orange and cucumber in a pitcher and then fill with water. I thought it looked interesting but never tried it. You might be able to find it online. I don't have any problem getting in my water. I always get in at least 12 glasses a day and often more. Just grew up drinking it and never soda.

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Just read Delicious Ways to Boost Fiber Intake
Am doing most of it. Not big on beans though. Doctor has put me on D &C supplements. Have to see what the next blood test shows. Have had a little diarrhea, but nothing eles. emoticon

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Read Fuel your body with whole foods. Since I have been on Sparks I haven't been hungry. Seems like I am always eating something (of course all good stuff)
Sometimes I have to remind myself to eat so I won't go under the 1200 calories. emoticon

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Just read Boost your filling power.I have been eating more mixed salad greens and furits in the past 2 weeks than I have in the last 6 months. emoticon
What I haven been doing is having a cup of broth based soup. I will start having this befor lunch and dinner and maybe at night. emoticon

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I too have trouble with sodium in the past couple of weeks. Some of that is coming from eating out a couple of times (birthdays including mine) as well as having canned veggies from time to time. In fact, it seems like everything I pick up these days has more sodium than I would like. That alone can be quite discouraging.

However, I am finding that during the hot summer, I prefer my vegetables raw and so as long as I have them on hand they do make a quick and satisfying snack.

I agree that pizza just is so good and with this heat it has become a more frequent guest in my house (again sodium) but I do damage control by eating spinach or garden veggies.

I am doing better with plain water but I agree with the fact that I like flavoring in my beverages.

Just remember it takes 3 weeks to break a habit and another 3 weeks to create a new one so keep plugging along everyone!

Pam


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I too am having a tough time with the sodium. I eat a lot of diet lunch meals and they are packed with sodium. I made a big salad today for lunch that should help.

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Week 3 is ok, I did better with weeks 1 & 2. I am good with the vegetables, vitamins, 64ozs of water/liquids, avoiding white products and not having any soda. I'm struggling with fruit and too much sodium. I am trying to get in more fiber as well. Over all I feel I am doing alright but it could be better.

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