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From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Friday, December 09, 2011


Stay the Course


So you're well on your way to achieving your weight-loss goals. Feels good, right? Remember, though, my program is about total health. Those changes you're implementing in your life? They've got to be PERMANENT, baby. You might get into a size 8, or have a six-pack to show off, but that doesn't mean you can cheat, get lazy, or stop counting your calories.

Keep in mind, all this work — mental and physical — is helping you look at your life in new ways, with deeper insight and understanding. The bottom line is this: You can never go back to your old way of life if you want to maintain your new physique. You're on the wagon, my friend. As with any kind of recovery, just because you're rehabilitated doesn't mean you don't have to be vigilant to guard against a relapse.

All that soul-searching and honest examination has to continue. All those behavior modifications and healthy, life-affirming habits you learned have to stay in place every day for the rest of your life.

I know, it sucks and it's hard. Whatever. It's the truth. The good news is that it will get easier. You'll get accustomed to how awesome it feels to treat yourself well, not to mention how awesome you'll feel every time you look in the mirror or catch your reflection in a store window! Eventually, behaviors and choices you've had to think through will become gut instinct.

You can do this. Remember, you're doing it right now.


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I love Jillian! Such great advice!

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From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Friday, December 02, 2011

Envision the New You

You want to lose 50 pounds, and you want it bad! You can even envision the new, svelte you wearing impossibly hip and fitted new clothes. Yet year after year, the pounds stick around. What's going to be different this time? You're going to have a plan!

Without a plan, long-term goals can seem too overwhelming or too remote to achieve. If you set smaller, short-term goals, you'll be better able to stay on track and move forward. Grab a pen now and write down some short-term goals you'd like to achieve daily, weekly, and monthly in order to work toward your long-term goals. For example, you could write that you plan to prepare healthy snacks to take to work each day, to work out three times a week, or to learn five new healthy recipes a month.

While setting and reaching a goal in itself is rewarding, sometimes a little motivation is needed. So as you write down your short-term goals, think of some rewards or incentives that can keep you going and list them one by one, right next to each goal.


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Avoid These Popular Thanksgiving Sides For Optimal Weight Loss


By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES


Today is Thanksgiving!

A day to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings in your life!

It also means the holiday season is in full swing.

Which also means your weight loss goals MIGHT be in JEOPARDY.

The holidays are filled with cookies, pies, and calorie-laden treats, which may put a damper on your weight loss.

A typical Thanksgiving meal can supply you with a day’s worth of calories - all in ONE sitting!


The average Thanksgiving meal can top 2,000 calories or more, depending on the choices you make.

This can really side track your weight loss goals!

But your Thanksgiving meal does not have to be a weight loss nightmare.

Limiting or avoiding high-calorie sides and treats, can keep your weight loss on track.

Here is a list of the WORST holiday sides or toppings which may increase calories, leading to weight gain.

1. Stuffing

Traditional stuffing is made from white bread and sometimes “stuffed” into the turkey.

White bread is absent of the good qualities found in whole wheat bread or sprouted breads, due to the processing of the wheat into flour.

Stuffing can also include different items, such as giblets or sausage, which may increase your calorie intake.

Stuffing the bird and cooking it, allows for juices and fat to run into the stuffing, filling it with EVEN MORE calories.

Healthy tip: If you can’t resist the temptation of having stuffing, opt for a smaller portion.

A smaller portion will keep your calories in check, helping you keep your weight in check.

2. Candied Yams

This might be a great tasting side dish, but it is FULL of unwanted calories.

Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, which are then made sweeter by unhealthy doses of brown sugar and marshmallows.

The brown sugar and marshmallows lead to unwanted calories.

And those unwanted calories may lead to increased fat stores.

Healthy tip: Opt for the naked sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are loaded with plenty of fat burning vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which help keep extra weight off your thighs and butt!

3. Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes can be a great Thanksgiving option.

Potatoes are filled with vitamins and minerals, which may help support and enhance your health.

The problem with mashed potatoes is the “stuff” that goes into them!

People add many different ingredients to mashed potatoes which increase the calorie content.

LOADS of butter and heavy doses of milk can make mashed potatoes taste better, but can also pack a lot of extra calories.

Healthy tip: Stick with the regular potato, or spice it up with a sweet potato.

Keep the condiments like butter and gravy on the side, which allows more control over what goes on your food.

4. Gravy

Nothing tastes better on turkey, stuffing, or potatoes than gravy.

Gravy can either be homemade by using the natural juices and dripping from the turkey as it cooks, or you have the easier way by purchasing it in a can or a powdered packet.

Whatever the way gravy is prepared, you may find higher calories and fat content.

Healthy Tip: Keep gravy on the side and dip your turkey, potatoes, or other things into it. This saves on calories, preventing extra fat and calories from entering your body.

You might also try low calorie toppings which may bring out added flavor to meats and other side dishes.

5. White vs. Dark

The age old debate: Which is the better option, white or dark meat?

Historically, white meat always wins the battle, because it is LOWER in CALORIES and FAT.

Dark meat can pack up to 220 calories and 11 grams of fat in a one cup serving!

Not good if you are looking to lose weight.

Dark meat is not all that bad for you! With high amounts of iron, dark meat can be a good option if you are looking to increase your iron.

Healthy Tip: Opt for the white meat. White meat contains less calories and fat than dark meat.

Try to limit the skin as well. Depending on how it is prepared, the skin can be loaded with extra calories and sodium.

If you LOVE the skin and can’t live without it, have it, but try not to go overboard. You can still enjoy the skin in HEALTHY and MODERATE amounts.

6. Cranberry Sauce

One of my all time favorite Thanksgiving side dishes!

But it’s SO bad for weight loss!

Why?

Canned cranberry sauce is full of sugar and preservatives, possibly leading to weight gain.

Healthy Tip: Make your own cranberry sauce with low calorie sweeteners, fresh cranberries, and fruits and nuts providing you with healthy calories and plenty of essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber.

Enjoy Yourself

Thanksgiving does not have to be a train wreck for your weight loss goals.

Making smarter choices at the dinner table can reduce your calories, preventing the extra calories being stored as fat.

Limiting or avoiding these high calorie sides and toppings, may help you monitor the calorie intake and save you from gaining extra weight.

Another important key at Thanksgiving: Stay away from seconds and thirds.

Going back for more can guarantee you increased calorie intake, possibly resulting in weight gain.

Try a quick and easy workout the morning of, which will help burn extra calories and get your body ready for the meal to come.

Also, eat breakfast in the morning.

A small, healthy breakfast with high quality protein and some carbohydrates may help prevent you from overeating when you get to the dinner table.



Mela
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I had an egg for lunch scrambled with peppers and a couple mini hasbrowns topped with Fat Free Swiss Cheese and Pico de Gaio!

I always use the whole egg instead of egg whites because 1) I hate having a stray yolk hangin' around & 2) I just think there's too much protein & nutrion to not use it!

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Every once in a while I like to ressurect an oldie but goodie!

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Wow, over 2 years since this thread has been used... :-)

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JILLIAN'S TIP OF THE DAY

One Incredible Food


Remember all those television commercials in the 90's for the incredible, edible egg? Well, it turns out to be a worthy title! Not only are eggs a fantastic source of lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but they contain some pretty important nutrients. L-arginine, an amino acid found in eggs, are critical to the body's production of protein and the release of growth hormone. Another amino acid found in eggs, leucine, also helps the body produce growth hormone as well as regulate blood sugar levels. With all the amazing things going on inside that delicate shell, eggs are a nearly perfect food. Pair it with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice and you'll get the one thing that's missing — vitamin C.

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hehe It's me on a bad face day!

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your jack o lantern is pretty scary looking

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As in it might be too scary to look at! I can't wait to see it!

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huh? lol

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Never know, might be emoticon emoticon

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I can't wait! hehe

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Thanks!! I saved the site to favorites till I have time to upload a pic. I will change myself right after Halloween! I can't wait to see me "made over"! LOL

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LOL!

http://simpsonizeme.com/

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Well, that's cool!!! Where do you get them? I'd like to check them out, see if they have any "paper-thin hair"! LOL

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Well, my picture is actually of me! You can "simpsonize" yourself, haha.

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Oh, I'm so sorry you're having problems, you AND Buddy! My heart goes out to you and I hope things get settled very soon! When they say "life happens", sometimes they have no idea, none at all! Best of luck and I hope Buddy straightens up and gets the chance to be productive.

Thanks, Linda! I missed you too, all of you! I love your Marge, she looks very take-charge! WooHoo!!! Hey, quick question. Are you starting to get nervous? I'm not meaning to make you that way, that's the last thing I would want to do, but I am curious. It's getting ever closer. How exciting, I have a very good feeling about you and Jeff!



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I just wanted to throw out some quick details about what's been going on here. I have a very close relative (I'll call him, Buddy). He's 18, graduated from High School & got into trouble. He has ADHD, he is about 3-5 years behind in his development and because of all his problems, he is with us through the day while his folks work. (So he doesn't get in more trouble). He is being elvauated again and working with a counselor to try to get the ADHD to a place where he can be more focused & productive in his life. The trouble he is in is serious! And to top it off, the detective in charge of the case is the husband of one of my good friends. So any routine I use to have is out the window and the friend I would normally talk to is now considered to be a conflict of interest. I'm doing a lot of deep breathing these days! So I am trying to get my life to bend around all this and somedays there just doesn't seem to be enough time or energy to go around. I will accept all prayers, happy thoughts & hugs that anyone wants to throw my way (and Buddy's too). Thanks for listening guys. I needed an ear (or about 200).

Edited by: LUCYTHERUNNER at: 10/9/2008 (21:17)
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I miss you, Sandy!

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Thanks, Marcy, for the great link! I checked it out and you're right, it's NOT all veggies and icky stuff! LOL

Yes, Lucy, I know exactly what you're talking about. This last bout with my arm put a big-time hurtin' on me, even made me sick the last 2 days! It's hard to get back on the horse that threw me, but I know I can do it, and I KNOW you can, too!

Hi, all, I'm back! Now to catch up! LOL

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I start planning better tomorrow. Cake & Ice cream tonight! My schedule has been so off for the past month. I still haven't got back on track from the c**p hitting the fan. Has anyone ever had something throw their life so completely off track that you just have to stand still & catch your breath before you can figure out how to move forward?

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yea! you can do it, lucy!

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I printed it out to help me plan a little better! Thanks for the link!!

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very nice! :-)

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Here is a cool link that has the top 29 healthiest foods with an explaination of why they are so good for you ....

www.bellybytes.com/articles/29foods.
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And it's not all veggies and icky things!



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Here's something all us chocoholics love to hear.....

Coco beans contain large amounts of antioxidants, dietary substances that mop up free radicals.
the cell damage they cause can lead to cancer triggering mutations or blood vessel scarring that accelerates heart problems. Antioxidants are also in blueberry's, kale, spinach, tea, red wine, and grape juice. but here's the great part chocolate is a potent source ounce for ounce, dark chocolate has 5 times as many antioxidants as blueberries. HOW GREAT IS THAT! emoticon

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yea, I like english muffins, but I prefer the flat bread.

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YUM! I bet English Muffins would work too, ya think? I like having the freedom to choose my own toppings! I can just get a jar of pizza sauce, use a little and tighten the lid and pop it back in the fridge for next time!

You're so smart! teehee

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ham actually has less calories than any other meat on a pizza, so that's not too bad! i actually eat my own home made pizza at least once a week. i buy naan bread (flat bread) and just put on some low fat cheese and turkey pepperoni or mushrooms or olives... actually, I didn't have pizza cheese, so I used some cottage cheese once and it was SO tasty :-)

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I've never been able to do 'em! I tried a couple of times here and there and they're always WAY too salty for me.

I love pineapple, onion and ham. My very fave is Sausage, Mushrooms and Onions! Now I would love to check that one out. Thanks for the great tip, Linda! You may have just richened my life up!

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haha! I actually don't mind anchovies!

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Oh, yeah! A personal pan pizza with ALL the toppings! Except anchovies, hate 'em. But I would like to check out the nutritional value on one and see if.....maybe if it was nearly the only thing I ate! Hurray for my small appitite! Wish my belly matched!

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My Bad, Linda - I thought you were kidding too! I love pizza too and I can fit it in as well, I'd just like to fit more in and still be in my range!

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I like it! I mean, I really like it!!! Pizza while on a lifestyle change! How kewl is that? hehehe I can do the smaller portions, I just love pizza, so I'm totally psyched!

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haha! it's not like you should eat pizza every day... but you still can eat it as long as it's within your ranges! granted, I had cereal for dinner, but it was worth it, haha!

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Whoops! I thought you were joking! Now, THAT'S some good news! You're so smart, Linda, and if it works for you, I know it'll work for me!

Thanks so much. And this time, I'm not joking! hehehe

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I'm being serious. You CAN eat pizza as part of a low calorie diet, as long as the amount of calories you eat are low! I had 6 pieces of pizza yesterday and I still maintained my ranges... in fact, I lost weight yesterday. It's about portion control so that you can still enjoy the things you always loved.

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I know that's right! Along with a big ol' glass of Pepsi! Yeah, only in an ideal world! HAHAHA

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I would LOVE to eat Pizza as part of a low calorie diet!!!!!!


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The magic sentence in that quote is...

"People who ate 5 servings daily as part of a low-calorie diet..."

Yea, if you eat pizza as part of a low calorie diet, you're going to lose weight, lol.

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Wow, that quote is food, so to speak, for thought. I have always thought that you could lose inches and fat from the belly. One thing's for sure, fiber is good for you and is a definate asset to a healthy diet!

For me, it all goes back to portion control! As long as the food you eat has good, healthy ingredients you can lose weight if you don't eat too much of it, or anything.

Thanks, Lucy, for waking up my brain!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and an even better night of Ghost Hunters International!

Sandy

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I know the milk thing came from a huge university study, but it's been a few years and the magazine is long gone. The whole grain article reads:

"Eating whole grains may help you trim your tummy, according to a new study from Pennsylvania State University. People who ate 5 servings daily as part of a low-calorie diet lost more abdominal fat and had lower levels of C-reactive protein, which predicts heart disease, stroke & diabetes, than those who only cut calories. Reseachers believe a diet high in whole grains may help shrink fat cells and reduce inflamation. Experts recommend consuming at least 48 grams a day. - Fitness Magazine, June 2008, Pg 68

I was going to type all that before but was too lazy to get the magazine. I'm guessing it's easier to measure abdominal fat than all the other places we store it. I don't know if I can get 5 servings a day, along with 5 - 13 servings of fruits & veggies and 3 servings of milk and however much protein you need. I don't think I've ever had a day of perfect servings of everything!

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I don't know, it's hard to really accept that as fact when SP tells us that you can't lose fat from just one area, that you lose it from everywhere evenly... Still, I'll be eating more of those items just in case!

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Hmmm...very good info, Lucy! That's good to know, belly fat is the hardest there is, at least to me. I love whole grain bread and I love milk so it doubly works for me. Kewl!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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This is a great idea. I just read in the June issue of Fitness Magazine that whole grains help reduce belly fat. I've also read that 3 servings of dairy reduce belly fat as well because...this is cool...there is an enzyme in dairy that can only be stored in the fat cells of your abdomin (sp) and in order to be stored, they force the fat out of the cells. I'm paraphrasing but that's the gist of the articel I read a couple years ago!

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Oh, yes, this is exactly what I had in mind! Thanks, Linda, for sharing with us! Hope everybody has a tip or 2 or an article that really got to them and that you'll post them here!



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I blogged about this article, but I think it's oh so important!

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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I was just thinking and I decided to start this thread. If anyone has a tip, a link to something healthy, an article or anything else you want the team to benefit from you can post it here. I'll make it a sticky subject so it'll always be handy. I hope we end up with lots of good information to share with each other!

Most of you probably already read it but I made a couple of articles that I hope you can use! They're on the Team Page, please check them out! And just in case you're not signed up for our Team Goals, they're on that page, too. Thanks, team, for always being so enthusiastic and for your participation and, of course, for your friendship!

I just love this team and it's always the first team I go to in the morning. Well, I need to go to my other team (Stephen King) and set up a thread for them, too. I'll see you shortly!

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