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10/15/12 1:09 P

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POIN, oh I know, I meant I wish it showed up when we view someone else's shared tracker.

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10/15/12 12:57 P

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Spark does let us track sodium and fiber - I do both. It just doesn't show up in the food tracker table, but in the statistics at the bottom and in the daily report. I think the "Change Nutrition Goals button on the food tracker is how you do that.

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First, I wouldn't beat yourself up over the one bad day this weekend. We all have them... check out my Saturday :-P I knew it would be bad since I was eating at a bar for lunch, and fast food for dinner at 11pm, but not that bad! But in the end, remember it all balances out. For me, I'm just eating a bit lighter this week to counteract the 500-600 or so extra calories I ingested on Saturday. Also remember, it takes 3500 calories to add even one pound of fat, so while you went over, you didn't go THAT over. So, I don't think you're killing all your hard work during the week at all. I mean, I don't think you should do that EVERY weekend, but once in awhile isn't going to ruin it all. The worst part of it is probably the sodium (pizza is the WORST for that), since that'll take a few days to work it's way out of your system. I would also say just remember how crappy you felt after eating all that junk, and hopefully it will help you to reign it in next time.

The only other thing I noticed was the carbs are a little high, but that's coming from my POV, you might need them since you work out so much. I also wish they allowed us to see sodium and fiber, since those do have a big effect on our nutrition. Your protein levels are crazy good though, I've been struggling lately to even hit 100.

But, overall, you're doing really well, you eat a lot of "good" foods and very little crap for the most part, which is more than I can say for a lot of folks. I'd also be curious to see your hawaiian stir fry recipe, it sounds good.

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10/15/12 10:08 A

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Sorry to bump a zombie thread, but I could use a check in if anyone wants to go back a week or two on my trackers. How do you think I'm doing? I think I'm doing great during the week. I'll batch cook on the weekend and then I have leftovers that I throw in the microwave for lunch and dinner all M-F, but I'm bombing on the weekends. Am I just killing all my hardwork during the week? An honest review would be nice, even if it means absolutely berating me here or in a sparkmessage.

I also pre planned what I'll eat all week so you can look ahead as well. Just makes it easier since I don't have any free time with working 50 hours a week, 2 hours in the Brazilian jiu jitsu gym every night, plus lifting 3 times a week.

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10/2/12 10:06 P

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Oh gosh - I just had a Diana's Banana Baby for my bedtime treat - half a frozen banana coated in dark chocolate on a stick. 130 calories of yumminess. They're expensive, but our Harris Teeter regularly has them on BOGO, so that's when I guy them. I hear that if you put frozen banana slices in the food processor, it becomes like banana ice cream - I haven't tried it yet, though. There are healthy ways to snack, thank goodness!

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10/2/12 9:37 P

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Oh man. May have just cured my ice cream love tonight. Frozen banana. Didn't even have to put it in a blender or anything. difficult to peel but so delicious and the texture was awesome! Ice cream replacement right there I think

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10/2/12 6:49 P

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Mmmmm....... Pudding!

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10/2/12 5:37 P

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I'd say the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. The best motivation I find to stay on track is the results I see and the more dramatic you want yours to be, the more you'll have to sacrifice. I've found it really helpful in times where I've looked to really stay on point with the clean eating and hard-core workouts to take progress pictures. You have the evidence of your hard work right there in front of you and I think that's a great motivator to stay on track with the clean food and consistent workouts. At a certain point, if you haven't done so already, you might want to make a concrete decision about what's a reasonable ratio of clean eating vs. unhealthy eating (80/20 or 90/10 for example) based on what your fitness goals are and how much sacrifice you're realistically willing to make to get there. Even the most serious athletes make room for splurges every now and then except for the days immediately before a competition.

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10/2/12 3:51 P

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Yeah I'm the same way, I usually eat dinner pretty late (830 or 9pm or even later, last night didn't finish until 930), mostly out of necessity, but when we do eat earlier, I've found I'm more inclined to snacking afterwards, especially if there's room left in my range.

I know what you mean about about threads going off topic though, or not answering the question. A couple weeks ago I posted a thread titled "Ideal Weight" and asked questions about determining it, and if our bodies have a pre-set ideal weight and we might just be stuck with it. While I got a lot of good responses to my questions, a lot of people just responded with their ideal weight LOL I think people want the SparkPoints for posting.

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10/2/12 3:46 P

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Not a problem, maybe that was just me overreacting to how other threads spiral out of control. This one has actually been fairly on track now that I re-read the stuff.

And that post of me with the chicken breast on the foreman and veggies was from when I had to cut the last 6 pounds to make featherweight. Did that for a week and it worked out great. Sometimes I still do that if I need to make the calorie room because there's nothing more filling or better for you than 8 oz grilled chicken and 3 full cups of broccolli haha.

This weekend I made pasta with ground turkey and the recipe below for sesame chicken (very good, I highly reccomend it) so I have 6 things of leftovers in my fridge to take to work or have for dinner.

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Its just weird, if I eat dinner a little earlier than usual (so like an hour before I go to bed rather than immediatly before) I just sit there and think "What's wrong with a handful of potato chips? how bout a couple bites of ice cream?" And now when I get invited out of eat I'm like "finally I won't get ridiculed for ordering a salad" but then once I'm off all the clean food, I only want junk more.

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10/2/12 3:35 P

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I'm sorry, I read your original post, which was asking how do you not add in junk when you have extra calories... and then a subsequent post where you suggested having a better dinner (at least that's how I read it) would help you not crave other things. I've also read in other posts of yours (not in this thread) how you often will just have a chicken breast on the foreman grill and some steamed veggies. If I ate that every night I'd get bored and start craving other things too, which is why I suggested cooking more interesting dinners on weekends and freezing them. So, sorry I misunderstood your intentions with your posts. Everyone here is just trying to help you know.

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10/2/12 3:18 P

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@yojulez- That's what I do (hence the "throw in microwave) the problem was never the regular meals. These spark threads always get so horrible off topic because everyone feels the need to put in their two cents with out reading all the previous posts. They just read the title and comment. The problem I was having was now that I can fit more cheat meals in, how do I find the motivation not to do so?

I get invited out to eat at least 5 times a week, and normally turn all but one of them down. I already feel labeled as anti-social. Now all of a sudden, I can afford 1200 calories at buffalo wild wings if i plan ahead and have smaller breakfast/lunch/snacks. But that's not going to help me become more fit and try to put some muscle back on while keeping my fat low.

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Nell, I'm not married (we just are "shacked up" haha) but I have the same "problem". I work 9-6 but I leave the house at 8 because have an hour commute each day, and I don't get home til around 7, and then I have to make dinner. I also take care of all laundry, cleaning, etc. That's part of the arrangement I have with my boyfriend since he pays for all the household costs (other than groceries/cleaning supplies etc). I feel guilty if I don't put a good scratch cooked meal on the table since he does provide so much for me. People wonder why I don't exercise, I don't have time! I do love to cook though, and the time spent making the meals is my favorite time of day.

KYLAR, can you maybe try freezer meal cooking? IE on a weekend spend a bit longer making a large dinner, and then freeze in portion sized containers to eat throughout the week? That way you can have more interesting dinners, but without taking the time on weeknights to make them.

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10/2/12 12:39 P

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I think that's why we married young back in my day. Men worked and we were supposed to have dinner ready when they got home. Then we women went to work (11-12 hours a day out of the house) and STILL had to have a nice dinner every night (and clean and shop and do laundry). I learned to cook in WW many decades ago, and it's a good thing I love it. But it's the reason I can't go to a gym even retired: I have to put in 1-2 hours every night cooking and have to build my life around cooking. Remember Germaine Greer's article "I need a wife"?

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10/2/12 12:13 P

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Maybe if I could do a nice dinner like that it'd be easier. As it is, I can't even sit for the 4 mins my dinner is in the microwave. I have to be doing something else. I work 10 hour days, then fo straight to the gym to lift, then to a different gym for jiu jitsu. Then I get home around 9:30 and have to shower, eat dinner, and try to get enough sleep to get up and do it all again tomorrow. Easiest time I have sticking to the plan and eating 2200 good calories is when I'm that busy. Its when I have a little down time I start to have trouble.

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10/2/12 12:07 P

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I guess it depends on how you define "treat". I make a wonderful legal dinner every night that I consider my daily treat. It isn't the quantity, but the food itself, all legal. I'll take a couple of hours some days to make something wonderful. The things you mention as "treats" I'll only eat a couple of times a year.

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Thanks for all the great suggestions.

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Even though I didn't use Weight Watchers this time around, one of the biggest revelations for me when I did was learning that I could "bank points" for what basically amounted to extra calories and that I could either spread them out over the week or use them up all at once without the idea that I was "going off program". I held onto that philosophy while I was losing and it's one I still use in maintenance. The way I generally work it is to shave off a few hundred calories from my plan six days a week and add them onto seventh, so I can eat a bit more and have a few drinks. I know some people function better keeping their calories at a steadier level all week, but I find that knowing I have a few really special treats to look forward to on the seventh day keeps me going on the other six. It's true that I have to run a tighter ship the other six days, but for me it's worth it!

Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 10/1/2012 (19:15)
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10/1/12 6:06 P

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I may be one of the onorthodox here, but I lost 50 pounds while having a large bowl of Cap'n Crunch (with skim milk:)) for a bedtime treat most nights of the week - I just allowed for it in my budget. 10 years later, I hardly ever eat that, but I still allow for daily treats (though smaller, healthier ones now). My old Weight Watchers leader said that we should allow for "4 points of fun" each day, and for me, it definitely helps me to keep the cravings at bay - I realize that this may not work for everyone, though.

The funny thing is that if I snack on sugary things during the day, it sets me off and I have a hard time stopping - but if I save them for before bed, my body (or mind?) seems to reset itself while I sleep and it's not an issue.

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Exactly!

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I eat fairly clean through the week, often come in 300 calories or so under each day, and have a splurge meal each weekend and often 2-4 drinks over the weekend. That takes care of those banked calories. Ha!

I tend to allow myself a treat on my 'clean' days, although I try to make it something low in calories and somewhat healthy. ie, today I had a pumpkin snack cake that is whole grain, good fats, loaded with pumpkin at 150 calories and later I'll have 100 calories worth of low-fat ice cream.

I find it fairly easy not to go wild because a lot of the 'bad' foods many splurge on make me feel icky.

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I'm right there with you, Phebes! I believe in clean eating, but I will always say that I am not a purest.

Into everyone's life a little devils food must fall. :-)

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I'm the person who does better maintaining (but not losing) by having the occasional non-healthful items. I'm sorry, but I can't imagine life without chocolate, or the occasional ice cream, or whatever. I know it isn't physically healthful, but it helps my psyche - and if I don't have the occasional indulgence, then I binge and totally go off my plan - so I adhere to a healthy lifestyle and eat "clean" about 80-85% of the time - and eat not-so-healthy the other 15-20% of the time. (And my idea of not-so-healthy might be a BLT on whole wheat, or one cookie - not a whole cake or something.)

Just another point of view.

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10/1/12 4:35 P

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I generally just eat more of the "good stuff" throughout the week like some of the others have said and allow myself a slightly more liberal treat meal once a week. Helps me to stay on point for maintaining my good health but includes enough of the naughty stuff to keep me motivated to stay the course.

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I hate to be Debbie Downer about this, but you also need to be careful about Mexican and wings (both of which I LOVE and have gotten into trouble with), because both are notoriously difficult to estimate calories for. Mexican is loaded with cheese, and wings usually have butter involved somehow. Buffalo Wild Wings at least has online nutritional values. But just a single BWW wing, for instance, averages between 80 and 100 calories. (If you're like me, you can't eat just one, and 6 is usually my minimum.)

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No processed food of any kind is what works for me. Also, adding lots of healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil and pasture butter.
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One of two things:

1.) I simply eat larger portions of the good stuff, particularly breakfast (I am starving in the mornings!) or I add an extra feeding (often a before-bed snack) that is healthy into the mix.

2.) I eat like I am dieting still, but get a nice, big splurgy meal every once in a while. This I do less often, though, because when I eat larger quantities of less-clean foods it tends to set me off on a down-hill spiral.

And BTW- One of the rewards to making it maintenance is that you CAN indulge in a treat more often. I wouldn't advise every day, but a couple of times a week is reasonable.

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So, even with a conservative estimate of how many calories I'm burning a week, I'm set up to eat 2,000-2350 calories a day. Basically I'm having trouble not just eating crap because now I'll be in my ranges for everything still. I mean, if I eat 1700 good calories throughout the day, what's stopping me from having ice cream and a cookie every night? A lunch out everyday for mexican, or going to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the game fits easily now. What do you do to keep yourself to eating 2200 good calories?

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