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PEGGYT3
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10/10/12 2:16 P

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My husband and I have several favorite meals for breakfast which I have made into groupings.
Also we have favorite meals for hot weather and for cool weather. But we have lots of variety and are quite adventurous at trying new things. We always read labels very carefully and try to stick to low fat foods. We think "Variety is the spice of life" applies to food.

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10/10/12 1:50 P

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Yes, thank you SO much for all your responses. I'm trying really hard to actually maintain my weight loss this time around. It is so helpful to get help and advice from those who are actually doing it! Keep up the good work!

"Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live." - Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)


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10/10/12 1:13 P

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Thank you everybody for such helpful answers. This is a fantastic team, and I'm delighted to be a member. Reading the posts really gives me that extra push to maintain and be disciplined.

Deena from Jerusalem

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10/10/12 9:44 A

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I am fairly new at this maintaining phase of my journey, but I found while losing weight variety was what kept me going. I gave up no foods, but religiously used portion control. I think this will work while maintaining also, with an extra snack or a slightly bigger portion.

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I suppose I'm kind of a mixed bag when it comes to variety. I tend to have the same breakfast almost every day because it fills me up so well and tastes great and, because I batch cook, I'll often have the same meal several times during the week. On the other hand, I make something different each time I batch cook, so that's part of where my variety comes from. I tend to also change up my fruit and vegetables according to what's in season, so there's usually lots of variety there. For me, the consistency comes from how what I eat all fits together for the day. I know where I like my calories and other nutrients to generally be and as long as I'm in or close to that range, I'm happy. Having a reasonable amount of variety in my diet usually means that I naturally hit my nutrient targets without having to swap anything in or out from my plan.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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10/10/12 3:03 A

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I had the same question, I have been fairly structured so far, but I like the idea of having 3 groupings for each meal to choose from and I will definitely try to use that.

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10/9/12 10:28 P

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For me it depends on the food group. I eat dozens of different veggies, depending on what's in season. I eat as many different types of nuts and seeds, always have at least a dozen different ones in the fridge. I eat only a few types of meat, beef, pork and chicken, because the more exotic ones are too expensive, same with fish. I eat a large variety of cheeses because I love them.
Th only things I eat almost every day are yogurt, heavy cream and berries because I love those. Yum!
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10/9/12 9:51 P

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I'd have said I was fairly haphazard about diet but after reading this I realise I'm pretty structured too! I have the same breakfast of muesli, fruit and nuts and soy milk except for once in a blue moon when I might have a slice of bread and vegemite and an apple. Lunch is generally soup and salad with non-animal protein of some kind, and dinner a plate of cooked vegetables with protein again. We always have some fresh fruit with lunch and dinner and sometimes for a snack. It sounds bland but in the fruit and vegetable area we have a huge variety to choose from.

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10/9/12 9:10 P

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I'm another one who has a general structure with sort of mix-and-match choices for each meal. I can't stand eating the same thing over and over - but too much choice means I don't stay in my range. So I have a few things I rotate through for the various meals.

Breakfast is probably the meal I change up the least - I'm half awake anyway, I really don't care a lot.

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10/9/12 7:49 P

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Guess I'm the oddball here. I vary breakfast less than other meals. Eat lunch out 3 x/week, but researched early in in this journey, and have found which are my healthiest choices at the restaurants we frequent. I use SP recipes LOTS and find we have actually varied our dinners more since joining SP than before! Portion control is key, but I know from past experience that if I get bored with eating the same things over & over, I go totally "off the wagon"! One piece of my Vision Collage says "EAT BOLD, NOT BLAND!" and we really do that. I started this Journey to Health by trying to build healthy habits I can continue for life ... Bland and Boring will not be a plan I can stick with for life!

"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." I Timothy 4:15

1 Cor. 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."
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BROOKLYN_BORN
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10/9/12 7:35 P

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Another vote for structure here. First the extreme - I've eaten the same bfast every day for a dozen years. coffee followed by peanut butter on 2 slices of whole wheat toast and 8 oz of OJ. I found this best fuels my morning run or gym workout about an hour later.

Lunch: Baked omelet (eggbeaters, veggies) reduced fat cheese on 2 slices of ww toast. Sometimes leftovers from dinner.

Dinner: Variety here: Chicken, turkey, lean pork loin (no beef) & I'm allergic to fish.
Lots of veggies in the crock pot or steamed. Sweet potatoes, quinoa... I search for and maintain a binder of healthy recipes.

Snacks: lots of them throughout the day: Organic yogurt (sometimes Greek), oatmeal, fruit, skinny cow ice cream treats, laughing cow cheese wedges.

I drink only water after breakfast. I never drink calories.

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DUBINJL
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10/9/12 7:33 P

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In my food tracker here on SP, I keep 3 groupings for breakfast, 3 for lunch, and 3 for dinner. I've set them up ahead of time so each mealtime group contains about the same number of calories: 300 for breakfasts, 300 for lunches, and 500 for dinners. Each has a good balance of carb, fat, and protein. I can just pick the meal I'm in the mood for. Snacks are in my "favorites" and are usually 100-150 calories. Using this method, I never have to worry about maintenance.

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MAUITN
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10/9/12 7:28 P

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I either lose or as now, maintain if I stay structured. When I get bored or have too many social functions and try to add too many other foods, I see the scale start to move up.

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10/9/12 7:19 P

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My meals are very structured also. I eat a grain (usually oats) or a piece of fruit and a protein (normally nuts or cheese) for breakfast. Have some nuts for snack. Lunch is fish or poultry with non-starchy veggies or a salad. Snack is normally some nuts and low cal veggies. dinner is fish or poultry and non starchy veggies. Seems to work for me. Wonder when how long it takes before one starts to get bored eating, hmmmmm. Carol

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10/9/12 7:09 P

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I've tried it both ways. When I stay more structured my weight is more stable.

Nancy Anne

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I eat the same breakfast for a few months, then switch to another for a few months. I eat the same salad every day like you varying the protein. Dinner is where the variety is. I have a rotation that goes several months without eating the same dinner, unless my hubby asks for something specific. I spend time twice a week going through my cookbooks a planning dinner and shopping lists. I love it!

Nell

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10/9/12 6:05 P

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That's a great plan, and in fact what I do. I have exactly the same breakfast pretty much every day, the same salad for lunch but varying the protein, a salad with dinner, and a different dinner every night.

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BBENNETT
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I have a question for all you maintainers out there. Is your diet fairly varied most of the time? Or do you stick to the same foods regularly? The reason I ask is because I've lost weight and maintained most successfully when I have a plan and stick to it. That plan usually involves eating one of 3 things for breakfast (cereals and oatmeal), a fruit snack, a lunchmeat and veggie sandwich for lunch, a granola bar or yogurt with flax for snack, a veggie snack, and then a variety of whatever for dinner in which I try to include all 4 food groups. As you can tell, it's pretty structured. Do most of you stick with a similar type plan? I'm wondering how one would maintain without sticking to foods and meals they are comfortable with that they know won't add pounds.

"Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live." - Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)


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