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Precook - that is the best thing I have learned to do in order to stick to my plan of clean eating - that and throwing out all products in the house that are not clean. No temptation as I have already cooked good food available that tastes great!
I pack my food every Sunday night after cooking and cart it to work with me, stick it in my fridge ( my personal fridge -small one like we had in college!) and viola!
"...if you dont feel good about your life, then change your circumstances."
well what's been goin well for me is eating 6 small meals and 2 snacks. I eat lots of fruit and veggies and I don't drink soda at all and my juice in take is 1-2 cups every other day. As for meat it has to be very lean and I only eat read meat 1 once or twice a week.
Now for the workout I have to keep it new and diff I never want my body to get use to anything so I change things daily. I do body pump (weight train) body and flow (yoga) boxing spin I can go on and on but I workout 3-5 times a week and weight train 3 times a week
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Eating whole wheat, grains, (instead of white bread), fruit and Vegetables as snacks, oatmeal or whole grain cereal in the morning
Removing dairy that has additional sugar and limiting what I eat of "real" dairy
Taking a walk outside at least once a day and exercising 30 minutes at least 6 days a week
The other thing working for me is taking quiet time each morning before I get out of bed and right before I fall asleep at night to keep me focused on what is important and let my stressors not get attached to me
Hi, I just joined this group a week ago and actually bought one book from a recommendation off this page!
Some of the things I'll list are probably old news to you veterans but maybe a good refresher:
I just began the Clean Eating Diet, moved off white flour and refined sugar. Dropped my 1 diet coke a day (it's been a week)! Replaced my caffeine fix with hot herbal tea and the biggest change I've made family wise is: buy the weeks veggies/fruits wash, cut and put in clear containers. My family opens the frig to find veggies staring at them and they grab them for snacks.
Also, I precooked "left overs" 1 bonus pack size of chicken breast for wraps, salads, sandwiches, etc and pre planned the weeks meals and lunches.
My husband loved the small changes so far for our family's health and the eating habits we can instill in our kids for when they are out and making their own choices.
I also have been eating the proteins,low fat & moderate on the carbs. I just started to weight tr. 4 days a week instead of 3.
Now i joined the NEW YOU BOOTCAMP CONTEST , starting tomorrow. But Coach Nicole gave the workout already.
So as soon as she gives strength workouts I can do those.
Everyday is a new day, just think positive and take one day at a time.
100+CRUNCHES A DAY TEAM
For me, I have been doing a 40%protein, 40% carbs, 20% fats. Mostly I try to plan my meals the night before so that I know exactly where I am at in my calories and my weight lifting plan.
I do weight lifting 4 to 5 days a week, and cardio 4 to 5 days a week.
I try to eat atleast 90% clean eating
I may not have lost alot of weight but my body composition has changed. Although I would like to see the scale move some more.
How will you know where you are going if you don't know where you have been ( keep tracking )
For me, following the protein/complex carbs mix every 2-3 hours keeps me so satisfied, I don't want to overeat.
I also like to remind myself of the fruits and veggies that I really love--pineapple is WAAAAY better than ice cream (now), and sugar snap peas are so easy to wash and pack in my cooler. They are delicious and crisp.
For me to stay consistent I must plan ahead and make sure I have plenty of back ups.
~ Kristen ~
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.
Well currently I am not eating really clean (but not too bad, I just need to work on it). But I do have a routine that has served me well to maintain the 30 lbs I lost.
Before working out I eat 1/4 serving of Nature Valley Oat& Honey granola bar to stabilize my blood sugar. If I do strength training, I have a protein shake afterwards which normally has a scoop of protein powder, 1 tbsp flaxseed, water and sometimes frozen berries. Occasionally I go without the berries and add 1 tbsp dried peanut powder.
Eat a Clif bar and coffee with fatfree milk for breakfast, plus a piece of fruit.
I eat a midmorning snack and an afternoon snack which are one of the following: a piece of cheese plus an apple or whole grain cracker, rice cake with peanut butter, pretzels, lowfat tortilla chips with salsa, celery sticks with Newman's Own Light honey mustard dressing, a piece of toast with peanut butter. You get the idea.
Soup, plus carrots, apple, whole grain crackers for lunch.
Dinner is homemade but typically from DreamDinners (one of the places that allow you to preassemble as many meals as you want and then freeze them to finish later). They are very healthy (most of them) and most are clean (but not all).
It works for me. I have hypoglycemia so the snacks are essential.
I also workout 4 days a week this time of year and when my schedule permits 6-7 days a week. It is a combination of Slim Series and Turbo Jam for the most part.
I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.
Orig SW 150, GW 134, CW 134, new goal weight 123
For me its 3 meals a day and 2 snacks....lots of fruit and vegetables!!
Eating at home for all my meals with the exception of a treat meal at a resturant with my family once a week.
I work out 6 days a week (run 4 days,strength train and cycle 2 days a week)
I also buy one pretty thing to wear every pay day.
It just keeps me feeling good about me!!!
GOALS FOR 2009
Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle (110-118lbs)
Run 1000miles in 2009
Strength train three times weekly
Run 2 out of Province Half Marathons:-
Without sacrafice there is no victory!!!
Packing a cooler, and getting in the habit of working out regularly. Setting goals, writing them down and following through on them - one step at a time.
Life is too short for cheap wine.
For me it is just plain old eating healthier. Making wiser choices for life. This means having a unhealthy snack on a Saturday or Sunday. This means that fruits, vegys, and grains and oats, and oatmeal are a part of my lifestyle plan. Exercise is now apart of my life just as getting my body clean is and going to work. I have purchased a size smaller so far this year for loving myself more and treating my body good like the bible tells me to. I love me and it is starting to show on the outside.
EVANGELIST DONNA L. HALL
I work out *every* morning first thing..some days harder than others...elliptical, bike, stair stepper, swimming(my fav!),jogging when its warm, or a video. I have recently incorporated some strength training in there..I LOVE the results, but I get bored with it sometimes :o)
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day...I think I could live off oatmeal (haha, Im weird I know..) I try to get as much fiber in for breakfast as possible..as well as a few cups of coffee...
Lunch and dinner are always planned - usually lots of veggies (soups, stir fry, baked, grilled, roasted..) and some protein and usually a yogurt in there.
I dont snack, except on raw fruits & veggies...and only when my tummy is growling. BUT...I do have some dessert every night...its my weakness (ice cream!!) I always make sure it fits into my calories & that I have had balanced meals throughout the rest of the day.
I think what has been my biggest success is just cooking at home..then I can control the ingredients and with a few simple substitutions I can make it taste amazing, but with a fraction the calories it would be at a restaurant!
* Jess *
Planning my meals & having my set time at the Y. If I go off schedule my entire day is screwed up!
~Debi~ ~Carpe Diem~
I wake up every day with the realization that this is it, that there's only one shot at this life and I can either enjoy the ride and live it to its fullest and to my highest potential or I can stay the way I am.
For me, I can NOT handle snacking at all, unless my tummy is rumbling... Even if I plan ahead... I eat the same basic breakfast daily: yogurt (homemade), bread ( homemade) and fruit ( changes with the season, coffee with cream ( milk) SAVE for weekends, when I eat whatever dh makes for breakfast on Sunday. Lunch is the day before's leftover dinner and dinner is planned by the week... Tonight is tacos, tommorrow is soup, then fish with rice and salad ( balsamic dressing), dh cooks on Thursday and Friday ( EVEY week) is pizza ( homemade). Saturday and Sunday will be planned on Friday.
I walk ALOT, I try for 15-30 minutes after EACH meal. I bellydance 10 minute isolations 5 days a week and one day a week bellydance ( or other) dance video... I LOVE to dance, but dh won't take a dance class with me boohoohoo, so I learn at home in the privacy of my living room...
I am looking to get off this plateau and may begin weightlifting one day a week...
I also drink mainly water/tea(herbal) and dress nicely too, I know it may sound silly but I tend to eat better when I am dressed better.
Live a life filled with Christ as the center and you will NEVER be alone.
For some of you it's 3 meals a day and others its a commitment to 6 small meals.
For some of you, it's a specific combination of foods or a certain no-fail recipe that you use for weight loss.
For some of you, it's just walking, while for others it's weight training.
If you are just starting out to spark but have some experience with successful weightloss, please share!
For you experienced folks I expect you to share your tips as well.
We all could use a refresher...
I think it's VERY important to note that you know your body best and what works and what doesn't.
For me, for example... 3 normal meals a day plus a light snack IF and only if I'm hungry, works.... BEST.
I find when I'm thinking too much about food all day, I start stressing EVEN if I plan ahead. I don't beleive that we'll ever manage ourselves properly by obsessing over food as well as making it a career to be on spark 24/7.
:) Those are my two cents. Now go have some fun with yourselves- your family....your pets....
and remember..."better living through eating clean!"
I'm only as strong as the coffee I drink and the hair spray I use...